In this unit theories and processes of evaluation for use in various learning settings are presented. The meaning of evaluation and the importance of evaluation goals and objectives are explained and various evaluation models and their appropriate use analysed. The particular evaluation processes that are discussed include experimental, goal oriented, decision-focused, user oriented and responsive evaluation and the basic distinctions between formative (focusing on actual process) and summative evaluation (focusing on final product). The processes for conducting outcome-based evaluations, including the importance of ethics in an evaluation investigation and the methods of data collection and analysis and report writing, are considered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing evaluation in a range of cultural contexts;  
  2. Relate learning theories, principles and practices to evaluation;  
  3. Investigate and critique the values informing evaluation;  
  4. Analyse and compare models of evaluation;  
  5. Design evaluation that is flexible and responsive to the experiences of learners;  
  6. Appraise experiences of evaluation in a range of contexts; and  
  7. Investigate personal and professional needs and strengths in terms of knowledge of evaluation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment A critical exploration of key issues in this unit, as negotiated with lecturer 30%
Research Paper A reflective evaluation of a research project 70%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8,000 words or equivalent.

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