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The SAGE International Handbook of Educational Evaluation

  • Katherine Ryan - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • J. Bradley Cousins - University of Ottawa, Canada

July 2009 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Bringing together the expertise of top evaluation leaders from around the world, The SAGE International Handbook of Educational Evaluation addresses methods and applications in the field, particularly as they relate to policy- and decision-making in an era of globalization. The comprehensive collection of articles in the Handbook compels readers to consider globalization influences on educational evaluation within distinct genres or families of evaluation approaches.

Key Features

  • Discusses substantive issues surrounding globalization, and its implication for educational policy and practice and ultimately evaluation;
  • Includes state-of-the-art theory chapters and method chapters within scientific, accountability-oriented, learning-oriented, and political genres of evaluation approaches;
  • Provides real-world case exemplar chapters to illustrate core concepts within genres;
  • Extends dialogue on controversial topics and contemporary educational evaluation tensions in the context of globalization;
  • Summarizes, by means of an integration chapter, the issues, tensions and dilemmas confronting educational evaluators in an era of globalization.

Serving as a state-of-the-art resource on educational evaluation, this volume is designed for graduate students, evaluation scholars and researchers and professional evaluation practitioners with an interest in educational program and policy evaluation.


 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I. THE EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION CONTEXT
Fazal Rizvi
1. Globalization and Policy Research in Education
Thomas A. Schwandt
2. Globalizing Influences on the Western Evaluation Imaginary
Nick L. Smith
3. Fundamental Evaluation Issues in a Global Society
 
PART II. THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION
 
4. Evaluation, Method Choices, and Pathways to Consequences: Trying to Making Sense of How Evaluation Can Contribute to Sensemaking
Peter M. Steiner, Angela Wroblewski & Thomas D. Cook
5. Randomized Experiments and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Educational Research
 
6. Enhancing Impact Evidence on How Global Education Initiatives Work: Theory, Epistemological Foundations, and Principles for Applying Multiphase, Mixed Method Designs
Gary T. Henry & Dana K. Rickman
7. The Evaluation of the Georgia Pre-K Program: An Example of a Scientific Evaluation of an Early Education Program
Jacob Marszalek & Debra D. Bragg
8. Globalization-Blessing and Bane in Empirical Evaluation: Lessons in Three Acts
Lois-ellin Datta
9. Science-Based Educational Evaluation and Student Learning in a Global Society: A Critical Appraisal
 
PART III. EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION, CAPACITY BUILDING, AND MONITORING
Katherine E. Ryan
10. Evaluation, Accountability and Performance Measurement in National Education Systems: Trends, Methods, and Issues
 
11. A Precarious Balance: Educational Evaluation Capacity Building in a Globalized Society
 
12. International Assessments and Indicators: How Will Assessments and Performance Indicators Improve Educational Policies and Practices in a Globalized Society?
 
13. Exemplary Case: Implementing Large-Scale Assessment of Education in Mexico
 
14. Inquiry-Minded District Leaders: Evaluation as Inquiry, Inquiry as Practice
Gerry McNamara & Joe O?Hara
15. Where Global Meets Local: Contexts, Constraints, and Consensus in School Evaluation in Ireland
 
16. Accountability and Capacity Building: Can They Live Together?
 
PART IV. EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION AS LEARNING AND DISCOVERY
 
17. Learning-Oriented Educational Evaluation in Contemporary Society
 
18. Meaningfully Engaging With Difference Through Mixed Methods Educational Evaluation
Linda Mabry
19. Case Study Methods in Educational Evaluation
 
20. Developing a Community of Practice: Learning and Transformation Through Evaluation
 
21. Learning-in-(Inter)action: A Dialogical Turn to Evaluation and Learning
John Elliott
22. Educational Evaluation as Mediated Mutual Learning
 
PART V. EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION IN A POLITICAL WORLD
 
23. Own Goals: Democracy, Evaluation, and Rights in Millennium Projects
 
24. Reclaiming Knowledge at the Margins: Culturally Responsive Evaluation in the Current Evaluation Moment
Stafford Hood
25. Evaluation for and by Navajos: A Narrative Case of the Irrelevance of Globalization
 
26. Dialogue, Deliberation and Democracy in Educational Evaluation: Theoretical Arguments and a Case Narrative
 
27. Pursuing the Wrong Indicators? The Development and Impact of Test-Based Accountability
 
PART VI. EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION: OPPORTUNITIES AND NEW DILEMMAS
 
28. Evaluation and Educational Policymaking
Michael Scriven
29. Technology and Educational Evaluation
 
30. Serving the Public Interest Through Educational Evaluation: Salvaging Democracy by Rejecting Neoliberalism
J. Bradley Cousins & Katherine Ryan
31. Dilemmas for Educational Evaluation in a Globalized Society
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
Key features
  • Taps into the international knowledge leaders in the field of evaluation;
  • Addresses substantive issues surrounding globalization and how it might shape educational evaluation theories and practices;
  • Includes real-world (and timeless) case studies to exemplify or illustrate core concepts or critical issues in educational evaluation methodology and practice;
  • Extends the dialogue of more controversial topics of the "audit culture", "accountability", and evidence-based or "scientific" research and all their implications in the real world;
  • Offers up-to-date language and policy analysis that will be invaluable to the professional or researcher, wanting to articulate a specific goal or method of evaluation.

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