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ERIC Number: ED387504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 13
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Evaluation Studies of the Chicago Teachers Academy: Methods and Findings of the CIRCE Internal Evaluation Study.
Stake, Robert; Migotsky, Christopher
The Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE) was commissioned by the Chicago (Illinois) Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science to conduct an internal evaluation of their programs. Academy managers wanted documentation of Academy efforts in the schools that they served. The CIRCE team left it to other evaluation teams to measure impact through standardized testing, the use of preordinate templates, and the analysis of large-scale distribution data, concentrating on a responsive evaluation plan with comprehensive, even personalistic, observation of Academy impact in unique situations. Qualitative observations, interviews with 20 teachers and 20 principals at the 42 schools the Academy serves, and document review were used to explore key issues of teacher staff development and school improvement. The findings of this interpretive study show the Academy to have been providing carefully selected schools with good quality content and pedagogical assistance. The burden on teachers, however, in terms of time and effort, even of well-received assistance programs is detailed. The Academy contribution was significant and valued by the communities served. Two handouts supplement the discussion. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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