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ERIC Number: EJ779661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Assessment beyond Performance: Phenomenography in Educational Evaluation
Micari, Marina; Light, Gregory; Calkins, Susanna; Streitwieser, Bernhard
American Journal of Evaluation, v28 n4 p458-476 2007
Increasing calls for accountability in education have promoted improvements in quantitative evaluation approaches that measure student performance; however, this has often been to the detriment of qualitative approaches, reducing the richness of educational evaluation as an enterprise. In this article the authors assert that it is not merely performance but also how learners think and how their thinking changes that we should be measuring in educational program evaluation. They describe a mixed-methods evaluation model based on the qualitative method phenomenography that can be used to evaluate how learners think in multiple contexts, from skills training to employee development to higher education, and how their thinking may change over time. They then describe two evaluation studies making use of this approach and provide suggestions for evaluators interested in using the phenomenographic model. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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