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ERIC Number: EJ823907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Late-Stage Refocusing of Irish-Language Programme Evaluation: Maximizing the Potential for Productive Debate and Remediation
Harris, John
Language Teaching Research, v13 n1 p55-76 2009
The teaching and learning of Irish in primary school is both an important educational issue and central to the national language revitalization effort. The findings of Irish-language programme evaluations, therefore, are invariably scrutinized very closely by different sectors. This paper examines how the later stages of a major evaluation took account of challenging initial findings and anticipated likely misinterpretations of their implications. It documents how additional analyses, interpretative work, and careful reporting were used to provide a rich contextualization of the findings. In this way, the potential of the evaluation to generate productive debate and effective remedial action was maximized. The paper concludes with recommendations for how language program evaluators can guide the evaluation process in order to maximize contributions to critical decisions on language policy and educational practice. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland