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ERIC Number: EJ791772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
In Pursuit of Social Betterment: A Proposal to Evaluate the Da Vinci Learning Model
Henry, Gary T.
New Directions for Evaluation, n106 p47-63 Sum 2005
The author presents a proposal that is roughly based on a contingency-based theory of evaluation developed in his book, "Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs" (Mark, Henry, and Julnes, 2000). He and his coauthors stated in this book that social betterment was the ultimate goal of evaluation. They defined the greatest good as an outcome or outcomes that contribute to social betterment. Evaluations should be designed to inform and, eventually, influence attitudes and actions that could realize this outcome, and the success of an evaluation should be judged by its outcomes. It is in this vein that the author of this chapter responded to the vignette presented in Chapter Two by taking the role of a professional evaluator, a partner in DGHK Evaluation Associates, and presenting a proposal to evaluate the Da Vinci Learning Model. This evaluation aims to contribute to improving education by achieving two distinct but related purposes: (1) to assess the merit and worth of the Da Vinci Learning Model (DVLM), particularly in the State of Columbia; and (2) to improve the program's implementation by identifying aspects of the program that are correlated with better outcomes, and determine which of these mechanisms are triggered by the DVLM and which mechanisms result in improved outcomes. The evaluation will inform future decisions of those considering adopting the model and provide empirically substantiated recommendations for improving implementation in schools where the model has already been adopted. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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