ERIC Number: ED467731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Appreciative Program Evaluation: A Qualitative Action Research Project.
Norum, Karen E.; Wells, Marcy; Hoadley, Michael R.; Geary, Chris A.
What should the curriculum of a graduate program that focuses on education, technology, and society be? What would be the proper balance of skills, theory, and concepts? What should be the difference between such a program in the School of Education and a computer science program? What do students expect of such a program? These were questions with which the faculty of the Technology for Education and Training Program at the University of South Dakota wrestled with in spring 2001, at a time when the Masters and Specialists degrees had been offered for 2 years. An appreciative program evaluation was conducted to address the questions the faculty had about the curriculum and to ascertain how the program was doing in general. This paper describes the process used to assess the Technology for Education and Training graduate program. The appreciative evaluation was designed to discover what was working well in the program and how offerings could be improved. The program evaluation was completed by 445 current and former students. Eight student evaluators interviewed faculty members and analyzed survey and interview data. The evaluation approach showed many things that were being done well and also resulted in recommendations for the improvement of the program. (Contains 36 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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