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Practical Evaluation for Educators
Finding What Works and What Doesn't

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July 2005 | 320 pages | Corwin
 "Roger Kaufman and his colleagues have produced what is simply the best practical book on educational evaluation published in the past few years. It is current, clearly written, and structured in a way that educators can apply it in a huge variety of educational contexts."
-Richard Clark, Professor
University of Southern California  

"As an evaluation book written for educators and education, this publication delivers on its promise. It provides a practical, professional, and comprehensive approach for planning and conducting evaluation studies that are meaningful and effective for understanding and improving the education enterprise."
-Dale W. Lick, Professor
College of Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee

"The book describes how to ask and answer the right questions in order to measure the gaps in results and their consequences...Readers will be able to custom tailor an evaluation plan for their specific situations. Practical examples and scenarios along with how-to-do-it guides show readers how to apply the concepts and tools presented."
-James D. Russell, EdD, Professor, Visiting Research Associate
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Institute
Florida State University, Tallahassee 

"This book puts evaluation in a framework of societal needs, while simultaneously being results-oriented and practical. This is a unique combination of 'how to' with 'why' that is of immense importance in the present time when the public value of education seems to have been lost ...(while) citizens also demand specifics."
-Elizabeth D. Capaldi, Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff
State University of New York

Use program evaluations to define measurable results and deliver meaningful outcomes!

Finding a straightforward approach to educational evaluations is the most important step toward discovering and reporting the meaningful results underlying the hard work of education. Kaufman, Guerra and Platt present program evaluation as a trouble-free process that any educator can effectively complete while providing the evidence required to justify and validate any educational endeavor.

Drawing from the education, business, and military fields, this accessible resource shows educators, administrators, politicians, learners, and parents how to distill evaluations to uncover what works and what doesn't. Practical Evaluation for Educators breaks down the program evaluation process into four easy-to-understand steps:
  • Align and direct evaluation questions into useful queries aimed at the intended results of educational programs
  • Observe to gather pertinent, valid, and useful data
  • Compare the results of what was accomplished to what was planned to be accomplished
  • Use the data by taking action and adjusting programs to bring them into alignment with societal needs

When educators see evaluation as a simple, useful tool for improving programs, measurable results become meaningful.


 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Part I: Alignment and Direction
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Fundamental Principles and Tools of Evaluation
 
3. Building Aligned Evaluation Criteria
 
Scenario 1: Supporting Anita
 
Part II: Observation
 
4. Identifying What Data Must Be Collected
 
5. Collecting the Data
 
Scenario 2: Finding Facts
 
Part III: Results
 
6. Analyzing and Interpreting the Data
 
7. Communicating Results and Recommendations to Stakeholders
 
Scenario 3: Working Knowledge
 
Part IV: Action and Adjustment
 
8. Evaluating for Continuous Improvement
 
9. Contracting for Evaluation Services
 
Scenario 4: Actions That Work
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Puts evaluation in a framework of societal needs while simultaneously being results-oriented and practical. This is a unique combination of 'how-to' with 'why' that is of immense importance."

Elizabeth D. Capaldi, Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff
State University of New York

"The book describes how to ask and answer the right questions in order to measure the gaps in results and their consequences. Readers will be able to tailor an evaluation plan to their specific situations. Practical examples and scenarios along with how-to guides show readers how to apply the concepts and tools presented."

James D. Russell, Professor and Visiting Research Associate
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University

"As an evaluation book written for educators and education, this publication delivers on its promise. It provides a practical, professional, and comprehensive approach for planning and conducting evaluation studies that are meaningful and effective for understanding and improving the education enterprise."

Dale W. Lick, Professor of Education
Florida State University

"Roger Kaufman and his colleagues have produced what is simply the best practical book on educational evaluation published in the past few years. It is current, clear, and structured so that educators can apply it in a wide variety of educational contexts."

Richard Clark, Professor
University of Southern California

"Consistent with the very best in evaluation theory and practice. Clearly written, practical, and usable, this book should be used as the organizer for improvement efforts from a neighborhood school to a statewide improvement effort. I heartily recommend it to superintendents, principals, school boards, and concerned parents. If you could read only one book during the next decade about improving education, this is it."

Dale Brethower, Professor Emeritus
Western Michigan University

Did not meet course objectives

Dr Teresa Cowan
Health Sciences, Baker College Of Auburn Hills
May 20, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

A Short Assessment of Self-Evaluation


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