In this volume, we have traced the development of evaluation as a field of both social science enquiry and Applied Linguistics. Throughout, we have drawn attention to the different purposes for evaluation and demonstrated — through the case studies in Part 2 in particular — how these purposes may be articulated and operationalised within the context of evaluation practice. We have also sought to show the value of learning, a dimension of evaluation that has not, perhaps, received as much attention as it deserves. We perceive learning in the evaluation context in two ways: learning through evaluation as well as learning from evaluation.
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