Understand generic research and evaluation tools. Develop skills in identifying and applying quality educational research and evaluation. Gain an overview of the role of evaluation in the field of education.

In this unit, you will cover:

  • Features and purposes of educational evaluation: definition, goals, and forms
  • Strategies and activities in evaluation: measurement, assessment, reporting
  • Elements of educational evaluations: stakeholders, design, method, analysis, use of results
  • Differences between evaluation outputs and outcomes
  • The good, the bad, and the destructive in educational evaluation
  • The role of context in evaluation: settings, roles and audiences
  • The influence and effects of evaluation on the field of education
  • Hallmarks of effective evaluations
  • Functions of evaluation vs research.

Knowledge of evaluation theory is combined with case studies and scenario-based activities to provide you with the skills you need to effectively use quality evaluation and research as a part of your professional decision making.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the history, current role and impact of evaluation in the field of education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the constituent elements of an educational evaluation, and how they may implemented to enhance professional decision-making.
  • Identify and apply the elements of effective evaluation in response to key contextual elements in a variety of educational situations.

Assessment

You are assessed according to the following three components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion board (due Week 2): 10%
  • Case study (due Week 4): 40%
  • Evaluation Plan (group project, due Week 6): 50%.

Courses

You can study this unit as part of the Master of Education.

 

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