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A scaffolded approach to the design of evaluation research studies: Application to educational technology

Phillips, R. (2005) A scaffolded approach to the design of evaluation research studies: Application to educational technology. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 2005: The Reflective Practitioner, 3 - 4 February 2005, Murdoch University, Western Australia


This workshop will explore underlying assumptions impacting on evaluation research into student learning, particularly that occurring through the use of educational technology. It will also describe an approach developed during an Australian Government staff development project on effective evaluation of student learning through Information Technology, in which staff from 18 universities around Australia worked with mentors to develop evaluation plans and carry out scholarly evaluations of the use of technology in tertiary education.

The workshop will consider issues arising in designing an evaluation of the effectiveness of an educational innovation, and describe a framework that can be used to scaffold the development of broad and specific evaluation questions. The framework will be used to develop an evaluation plan focussed on an evaluation matrix, where specific evaluation questions are matched to sources of data which provide appropriate evidence to answer each of them. The sources of data may be both qualitative and quantitative. Examples will be given of the way that the framework has been used in various evaluation research projects.

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