Term 1 - Online
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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
This subject develops the following transferable skills:
- problem-solving and resourcefulness;
- improved written communication skills.
Last updated: 2 December 2019