Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)
In Part 3, we set out evaluation design and decision frames to support both readers’ evaluations and research into evaluation processes. Many of the points we make relate to the discussion of purposes and principles of evaluation in Parts 1 and 2. Our purpose in Part 3 is twofold: first, to guide and support evaluation practice, and second, to establish a critical orientation to this practice, so that evaluation is a process of situated enquiry rather than the use of generic instruments. A critical perspective is likely to:
facilitate research into the evaluation process;
inform on how evaluation is viewed and used within programs;
illuminate how the evaluation process itself identifies constructs, roles, and learning within programs.
© Richard Kiely and Pauline Rea-Dickins 2005