Program Evaluation in Language Education

by Richard Kiely,

This book constitutes both a text for students of evaluation, and a guide for those readers undertaking evaluations or research into evaluation processes. Part 1explores the background to language program evaluation, examining the specific traditions of language program assessment, the wider context of social program evaluation, and the growing industry of quality management and mandate compliance. Part 2 sets out a series of evaluation case studies (some previously unpublished) that examine issues such as language across the curriculum, the native speaker teacher, the primary language curriculum, evaluation for quality management, and stakeholding. Each case examines the policy-making, program management and professional practice dimensions of programs, and explores how these relate to evaluation constructs and procedures. Part 3 provides a guide to evaluation practice and research. It looks at large-scale evaluations, teacher-led evaluations, and management-led evaluations, examining in each case purpose, design, evaluation research, impact, stakeholding and ethicality perspectives. Part 4 provides a comprehensive set of resources for those commissioning, undertaking or researching language program evaluations.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; July 2005
  • ISBN 9780230511224
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  • Title: Program Evaluation in Language Education
  • Author: Richard Kiely; Rea-Dickins, Pauline, Dr
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

RICHARD KIELY is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, UK and eads the MEd TESOL program. He has carried out language program evaluations in a range of contexts, and supervises research in this field. Other research interests include language teacher cognition and teacher development, intercultural aspects of TESOL, and qualitative research methods in TESOL.

PAULINE REA-DICKINS is Professor of Applied Linguistics in Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK, where she is Deputy Director of Research, and leads the doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. She researches and writes in the areas of language program evaluation, language testing and classroom-based language assessment