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Evaluation in Education (EDUC90933)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90933
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students entering, or already in, the education sector to the many ways that evaluation is used in education. The subject will begin with an introduction to the origins and the political and social contexts of evaluation as well as the nature and logic of evaluation. Subsequent weeks will focus on the applied fields of evaluation set in the context of education. There are six applied fields of evaluation that will be covered: 1) performance evaluation (student assessment; teacher reflective practice); 2) product evaluation (curriculum effectiveness); 3) program evaluation (school accreditation; organisational/systems-level evaluation); 4) personnel evaluation (teacher performance appraisal; principal performance appraisal); 5) policy evaluation (policy to practice and practice to policy studies); 6) proposal evaluation (assessing grant-making applications for funding). The subject will culminate with a look at meta-evaluation (evaluating evaluations).

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of evaluation to educational contexts
  • Critically analyse reports and literature specific to evaluation in education
  • Gain an appreciation of the purposes, benefits, and exigencies of conducting evaluations in educational contexts
  • Enhance understanding, through evaluation, of the interconnectedness of education policy and practice including how to influence and forward best practices

Generic skills

This subject develops the following transferable skills:

  • planning;
  • problem-solving and resourcefulness;
  • analysis;
  • improved written communication skills.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Short answer essays (3 at 500 words each; equally weighted, for a total of 1500 words) due Weeks 1,2 and 3 (30%)
  • Minor assignment (1500 words) due Week 4 (30%)
  • Major assignment (2000 words) due Week 9 (40%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Contribution to 4 of 5 discussion/application opportunities due Weeks 4-8.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Kellaghan, T., Stufflebeam, D. L., & Wingate, L. A. (Eds). (2003). The International handbook of educational evaluation (Vols 1-2). AA Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

    Davidson, E. J. (2005). Evaluation methodology basics: The nuts and bolts of sound evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 13 June 2019