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Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Susan Eskridge

First Committee Member

Eloise Appel

Second Committee Member

Fay Haisley

Third Committee Member

Mari Irvin

Fourth Committee Member

Thomas Nelson

Abstract

This study addressed the complex issue of data collection in program evaluation. The researcher sought to understand the influences affecting the quality and utility of data in program evaluation. The data collection process was examined through a single case study of a bilingual education program located in California. Information for this study was obtained through open-ended interviews with project staff, classroom teachers, and external evaluators. Other sources of information included records, documents, a computer database, and electronic mail correspondence with program officers. The researcher used Non-numerical Unstructured Indexing Searching and Theory Building (NUD*IST) computer software to manipulate interview transcriptions, records and documents. Emerging from the data were key categories and themes that were presented in narrative form. The researcher found that data collection was grounded in the context in which it occurs and was therefore, highly dependent on program staff. Data collection requires willing, qualified staff with an understanding of technology, assessment, and evaluation methodology.

Pages

121

ISBN

9780599689114 , 0599689110

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