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A review of program evaluations in an Australian independent school: participants’ perspectives

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posted on 2014-11-01, 00:00 authored by Jeanne Allen, J Rimes
This paper reports on ways in which one Australian independent school seeks to develop and sustain best practice and academic integrity in its programs through a system of ongoing program evaluation, involving a systematic, cyclical appraisal of the school’s suite of six faculties. A number of different evaluation methods have been and continue to be used, each developed to best suit the particular program under evaluation. In order to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of this process, we conducted a study into participants’ perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the four program evaluations undertaken between 2009 and 2011. Drawing on documentary analysis of the evaluation reports and analysis of questionnaire data from the study participants, a number of findings were generated. These findings are provided and discussed, together with suggestions about ways in which the conceptualisation and conduct of school program evaluations might be enhanced.

History

Journal

Australian journal of education

Volume

58

Issue

3

Pagination

262 - 277

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, England

ISSN

0004-9441

eISSN

2050-5884

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, SAGE Publications