Case Study Research: A Program Evaluation Guide for Librarians

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES - 116 pages
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Although outcome assessment is almost universally expected by accreditation committees, it is difficult for librarians to determine the methods that should be employed for completing such assessments. Case Study Research: A Program Evaluation Guide for Librarians provides guidance for developing an effective program-assessment method using a case-study approach.

Built around a hypothetical case and complete with vignettes and examples, the guide explains everything from evaluating a case-study proposal to bounding the case, analyzing the context, planning questions and criteria, and identifying design and data collection methods. It discusses how to establish and maintain appropriate political, ethical, and interpersonal relationships; how to collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data; and finally, how to evaluate and report the case study. In addition, the book guides the reader through the process of using case-study matrices and selecting appropriate qualitative software.

 

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Check your shelves. Do you have a book or guide to action research already there? This is a topic that does not change much over time in its methodology. Teacher librarians should be able to document ... Read full review

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This book attempts to bridge the issue of outcome assessment and library methodologies that can be used. Using a case-study approach. The book is built around a hypothetical case and comes complete ... Read full review

Contents

1 Purposes Uses and Conceptual Distinctions of Case Studies
1
2 Introduction of the Case Study Method for Program Evaluation
11
3 Evaluating the Proposal
15
4 Evaluation Designs
21
5 Bounding the Case Study and Analyzing the Context
29
6 Planning Questions and Criteria
45
7 Identifying Design and Data Collection Methods
53
8 Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Political Ethical and Interpersonal Relationships
61
9 Collecting Analyzing and Interpreting Data
67
10 Reporting the Case Study
89
11 Data Analysis Software and Matrices
95
The Program Evaluation Standards
101
The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation
105
Index
115
About the Author
117
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Ravonne A. Green is an independent assistive technology consultant in the library and information science program at Valdosta State University.

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