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Evaluative Inquiry

Evaluative Inquiry
Using Evaluation to Promote Student Success

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November 2001 | 176 pages | Corwin
The author provides educators with a process schools can use to systematically investigate programmes and initiatives to determine their value. She emphasizes analysis and synthesis of information (rather than data collection) and places the inquiry process in the hands of teachers rather than outsiders. The author uses examples drawn from her 20 years of experiences as a school evaluator and builds on current theories about evaluation, systemic change, and how people learn.
Foreword by Grant Wiggins

About the Author
1. Introduction: Getting Your Bearings
Part 1: Quality
2. Positioning the Quality-Focused Evaluative Inquiry
3. Planning the Quality Evaluative Inquiry
4. Collection of Implementation and Outcome Data
5. Analyzing and Synthesizing the Data
6. Communicating Results of a Quality Inquiry
Part 2: Sustainability
7. Positioning the Sustainability Inquiry
8. Planning the Sustainability Inquiry
9. Data Collection and Analysis in the Sustainability Inquiry Design
10. Synthesizing and Communicating Results From a Sustainability Inquiry
Part 3: Cultivation
11. Positioning the Cultivation Evaluative Inquiry
12. Planning the Cultivation Inquiry
13. Cultivation Inquiry Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis, and Communication of Results
14. Conclusion: Enriching and Continuing the Evaluative Inquiry Process
Afterword: Change Matters by Michael Fullan
Name Index
Subject Index

"Whether you are planning a limited innovation in a few classrooms or implementing new standards as a whole-school or district-wide change, this book will help you chart your course."

Judith Rény, Executive Director
The NEA Foundation

"In clear, accessible language, Beverly Parsons demystifies evaluation and provides numerous practical examples of how schools can use the methods she describes to better understand the process of change and achieve their goals." 

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

“The book contains an excellent list of references and plenty of examples that demonstrate how the evaluative inquiry process can be applied to any school or district. This resource would be useful for any educator, administrator, or community member involved in systemic reform.”

National Science Teachers Association NSTA Recommends.

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Foreword by Grant Wiggins


Beverly A. Parsons

Beverly A. Parsons is Executive Director of InSites in Colorado. InSites, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, assists education and social service systems through research, evaluation, and planning. She focuses on the evaluation and planning of systemic change. Her evaluation work has involved initiatives to restructure and reculture pre­school through university education systems as well as bring about reform in spe­cific content areas (mathematics, science, humanities, arts, and world languages). She has provided evaluation services to the National Staff Development Council, the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, the W. K.... More About Author

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