ERIC Number: ED436538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Discovering Culture in Education: An Approach to Cultural Education Program Evaluation.
Finkelstein, Barbara; Pickert, Sarah; Mahoney, Tracy; Barry, Douglas
This book provides a conceptual scaffolding and practical guide for educators and evaluators as they respond to the challenges of diversity in schools. It introduces ways to assess the capacities of various professional development programs, curriculum transformation projects, diversity initiatives, and study abroad opportunities to realize complex cultural objectives. It introduces a content-focused form of program evaluation that indexes program quality to the culture-revealing features and effects of goals and objectives, program designs, learning opportunities, and program outcomes. Each of the three parts of the book examines particular aspects of cultural education program evaluation. Part 1 emphasizes the input side of the program by focusing on conceptual and programmatic dilemmas that face evaluators as they try to assess the quality of the cultural education provided for participants. Part 2 addresses the evaluation of program outcomes, suggesting ways to evaluate changes in the professional behavior of participants and the quality of instructional materials. Part 3 focuses on the relationship of program inputs and outputs simultaneously, emphasizing two themes of importance for evaluators: the economic dimensions of cultural evaluation programs and the issue of cultural bias in the assessment of students, along with the need for new performance-based assessment. Among the assumptions on which this book rests is the central assumption that cultural education program evaluators need expertise in cultural analysis, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, and the forms and functions of program evaluation. Each chapter contains references. (Contains six figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bias, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Performance Based Assessment, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Study Abroad
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, Washington, DC.
Note: "With contributions by Jennifer King Rice and Laurence M. Rudner." Published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation and the Catholic University of America.