ERIC Number: ED423280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-7
The Evaluation of Alternative Schools in Research and Practice.
Dunn, Mary Anna
Although the demand for formal evaluation of alternative schools is greater than for conventional schools, the unique characteristics of these schools make evaluation especially challenging. Use of traditional instruments and methods may yield misleading results. Evaluators must understand the issues associated with the evaluation of alternative schools in order to design and conduct appropriate evaluations. This paper reviews literature related to the evaluation of alternative schools and innovative programs in order to examine the special problems associated with evaluating these schools. Examples of foci and methods are included along with recommendations for successful evaluations. Today program evaluation has emerged as a sophisticated field in its own right. The qualitative methods of anthropology have been introduced into educational research and evaluation, and the tools are available to conduct evaluations suited to the unique characteristics of alternative schools. (Contains 3 tables and 34 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Educational Research Association (30th, March 7, 1997).