ERIC Number: ED474983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Monitoring and Evaluating Learning.
Briggs, Ann R. J.
This document is a chapter in "The Principles and Practice of Educational Management," which aims to provide a systematic and analytical introduction to the study of educational management. The structure of the book reflects the main substantive areas of educational leadership and management, and most of the major themes are covered in the volume's 19 chapters, of which this is one. This chapter claims that schools and colleges can evaluate the learning needs of individual students, which can then inform individual tutorial practice and class teaching styles. Such evaluation can determine the differential effectiveness of departments, tutors, gender groups, and ethnic groups; can chart the progress and future direction of a curriculum department; can measure whole-institution effectiveness; and can determine the developmental needs of staff, including their capacity to work in synthesis to promote the learning goals of the organization. The focus of any evaluation should depend upon the values and aspirations of the institution; such a focus allows the process to be undertaken with a sense of purpose. The evaluation may identify issues that need to be addressed, and the monitoring process can pinpoint where remedial or developmental action can take place. Over a period of time, performance will be judged both externally and internally, formally and informally, in formative ways that enable future directions to be determined. In learning-centered organizations, learning is not confined to the student; staff members also learn about their subject, their support or management function, about student learning, and about leadership and strategic direction. In short, the whole organization collectively and continuously learns how to become more effective as an institution. (Contains 40 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Principles and Practice of Educational Management; see EA 032 295.