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ERIC Number: ED434163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Form and Function: Using Mixed Methods To Study Works in Progress.
Foster, Ann
The Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal (CoPER) was formed in 1986 to cultivate the development of partner schools in the simultaneous renewal of schooling and the education of educators. The CoPER now includes 13 school districts and 6 institutions of higher education collectively engaged in work in more than 50 partner schools and other initiatives. Several perspectives were considered in order to evaluate CoPER operations and initiatives. The purpose and structure of the partnership created a significant challenge regarding an appropriate theoretical grounding to drive the research methodology. Eventually, an interactive and responsive evaluation approach was developed. Each school kept an activity log, and each site arranged for focus groups of its key stakeholders. Surveys were designed for faculty and students, and some classroom observations were carried out. The evaluation of CoPER, a state level umbrella organization, collected data germane to specific partner sites. The evaluation results were portraits of specific sites, but many common experiences or data trends could be extrapolated across sites and institutions. Much of the information discovered reflected the importance of relationships and the role of personalities. Results emphasize the individual differences and similarities of partnership members. (Contains 8 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado