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ERIC Number: ED513681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 303
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-9741-7
An Iterative Needs Assessment/Evaluation Model for a Japanese University English-Language Program
Brown, Kathleen A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Temple University
The focus of this study is the development and implementation of the Iterative Needs Assessment/Evaluation Model for use as part of an English curriculum reform project at a four-year university in Japan. Three questions were addressed in this study: (a) what model components were necessary for use in a Japanese university setting; (b) what survey instruments would work with such a model; and (c) what needs would the stakeholders in the project report? The site for the study was a mid-sized private, four-year university in Japan. Set as an instrumental case study (Stake, 1998), multiple methods and sources were employed. Stakeholders in the project included university students (n = 1533), teaching staff (n = 33), university administrators and staff (n = 5), and domain experts (n = 7). Data collection included the use of questionnaires, unstructured and semi-structured interviews, and systems and materials analyses. Questionnaires were developed and analyzed using Rasch analysis. The Needs Assessment/Evaluation Model was assessed using a modified version of the Checklist for Judging the Adequacy of an Evaluation Design (Sanders & Nafziger, 1985). Implementation of a full iteration of the Model indicated that use of the Iterative Needs Assessment/Evaluation Model could guide the development and evaluation of the English language program. As part of the study, valid survey instruments that can continue to aid the assessment of needs for and evaluation of the courses were developed. Data from multiple sources indicated a difference in the perception of needs between stakeholders. The processes followed through the development and application of the Iterative Needs Assessment/Evaluation Model served to incorporate these different perceptions into a cohesive language program curriculum. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan