Language Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice

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Cambridge University Press, 1996 - Education - 194 pages
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Although much has been written about the testing and evaluation of language students, few books have dealt with the much broader issue of measuring the success of language programs. Filling a critical gap in the literature of applied linguistics, Language Program Evaluation provides teachers, researchers, and administrators with a complete introduction to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of their programs. Through a careful blend of theory, research, and practice, the author presents a testing model that is specifically tailored to the concerns of language education programs and which can be adapted to different contexts and updated as teaching and learning situations evolve. He proposes a shift from purely quantitative studies which consider only end-of-program achievement gains to ones that include an investigation of program process using qualitative, naturalistic methods.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Historical background
12
Validity
41
Positivistic designs
70
Naturalistic designs
80
Quantitative data gathering and analysis
92
Qualitative data gathering and analysis
107
Combining positivistic and naturalistic program evaluation
155
Conclusions
167
References
178
Author index
188
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