Program and Practice Evaluation: EDER 603.24 – Spring 2019

April 29, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-04-28 at 3.59.52 PMI am pleased to share that I will be teaching Program and Practice Evaluation (EDER 603.24) this spring. This is one of the required research courses in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at the Werklund School of Education.

Term Dates:

Start date: Monday, May 6, 2019           End date: Monday, June 17, 2019

University closed: Monday, May 20, 2019 (in observance of Victoria Day)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of evaluation – as a discipline, as a profession, as a process and a product in a wide range of educational and social contexts. The primary focus of the course is holistic, large-scale program evaluation rather than the assessment of individuals (for example, the measurement of student achievement or personnel review). This course focuses on developing an understanding of the logic of evaluative thinking, the nature of evaluation as a profession and discipline, the knowledge and skills needed to be expert consumers of program evaluation and novice evaluators in contexts relevant to individual career contexts. Topics include: the logic of evaluation; central concepts in evaluation; approaches to evaluation; standards in evaluation; and the social and political nature of evaluation.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the logic of evaluation and explain its role in improving practice in teaching and learning
  • Understand, analyze, synthesize and apply the central concepts in evaluation
  • Be aware of and apply appropriate standards in evaluation, including ethical practices for evaluators
  • Understand, discuss, and critique the social and political nature of evaluation
  • Be familiar be with and critically analyze major approaches to evaluation and their designs, then synthesize into an appropriate evaluation plan that fits the needs of the particular evaluation task.

Course format:

This is a fully online course. We will use D2L for the asynchronous components of the course and Zoom for synchronous (real time) sessions.

Can’t wait to meet my students on May 6!


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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of the Werklund School of Education or the University of Calgary.

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