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ERIC Number: ED369480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-15
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Sweden's National Evaluation Demonstration Project: Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Carlson, Helen L.
This report examines the process used to evaluate five early childhood teacher education programs in Sweden, a process involving decentralized self-studies and site visits of approximately 5 hours in length conducted by an international expert. The report first provides background information on Helen L. Carlson, of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, who served as the external evaluator; and then explains the process of reviewing the self-study materials and the purpose and process of international review. The next section describes the site visits conducted at the early childhood teacher education programs at Malmo, Halmstead, Vaxjo, Karlstad, and Gothenburg during August 20-30, 1991. Contact was made with students, faculty, and administrators, though not all groups were available at every site. Next, the major tenets of the "Standards" and "Collegial" models of evaluation are explained. The next section reviews the Swedish self-studies from the perspective of the U.S. models, including comparisons of teacher education in the two countries. Next, examples are provided of the ways that the evaluation process itself effected change in the teacher education programs, and issues raised through the evaluation are highlighted. Two major questions concerning the meaning of teacher education becoming part of the university in Sweden and clarification of the purposes of evaluation in Sweden are raised, and recommendations for answering the questions conclude the report. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden