Debates in Evaluation

Subject EDUC90798 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

This subject is open to students in the Master of Evaluation, Master of Evaluation Research, and Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation.

It is recommended that students take EDUC90713 Program Evaluation Forms and Approaches before or concurrently with this subject.

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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the origins and evolution of evaluation theories, models and approaches. Topics covered include: the nature and role of evaluation theory; pioneering figures and major debates in evaluation’s short but rich history; approaches to classifying evaluation theories; and, the relationship between evaluation theory and contemporary practice. Classes will involve examining and critiquing evaluation theorists and theories through key readings, class debates and interactive role plays.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • understand the intellectual history, key thinkers and major movements of evaluation;
  • examine and critique the views of prominent evaluation theorists; and
  • integrate knowledge of evaluation theory into a broad range of applied evaluation settings.
  • Online forum participation equivalent to 1500 words throughout semester, 30%
  • Online test equivalent to 1500 words, due mid-semester 30%
  • Written task of 2000 words, due end of semester 40%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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