ERIC Number: ED465498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Formative Evaluation in the Development of an Interdisciplinary Academic Center. Occasional Paper.
Millar, Susan B.
This document reports on how formative evaluation was used by the National Institute for Science Education (NISE) to achieve its stated goals and to develop an institute from an amorphous group. It was found that formative evaluation should provide ideas, information, models, and language that an emerging interdisciplinary organization can use to reframe and revise what it is accomplishing and what kind of organization it is becoming. It should enhance the leaders' capacity to function as reflective practitioners by assisting them in tackling dialectically their most local of local detail and their most global of global structures. Contents include: (1) "Chronology of the NISE"; (2) "The Evolution and Activities of the NISE's Formative Evaluation Team"; (3) "The Goals-Strategies-Outcomes Model"; (4) "Models from Organizational Theory"; (5) "The Knowledge Building Entity Model"; (6) "Ideal Intellectual Tasks"; (7) "Ideal Organizational Processes"; and (8) "Conclusion." (Contains 29 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Organizational Theories, Organizations (Groups)
Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Room 242, Madison, WI 53706-1796 ($6.25). Tel: 608-265-9698. For full text: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Science Education, Madison, WI.