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Evaluation is an essential component of any educational program, but especially in continuing education, which extends into many diverse settings and serves many different kinds of adult learners. In Evaluation for Continuing Education, author Alan Knox-widely renowned in the field of adult education-provides a long-awaited, encyclopedic resource for anyone who needs to do program evaluation in any continuing education setting. The only comprehensive guide to evaluation in adult education currently available, this book is particularly easy to use as a reference volume, as each chapter stands alone. Knox addresses the why of evaluation as well as the how, and shows how evaluation activities support and enrich program planning and implementation-and how they influence effectiveness.

"This book poses some excellent ideas, suggestions, and examples of evaluating adult and continuing education programs. It will be very helpful to a person who is learning the concepts of evaluation and needs practical applications of these concepts. Dr. Knox's examples, given his extensive experience, shed a great deal of light on the processes and uses of evaluation in the adult education arena." --John Boulmetis, professor, adult education, University of Rhode Island and coauthor, The ABC's of Evaluation

"This comprehensive guide to evaluation in adult and continuing education will help practitioners demystify the process. Designed to be used as a reference, it can be consulted for specific questions or problems related to evaluation. Examples from numerous settings illuminate the practical information and guidelines provided by Alan Knox. Knox's many years of experience in adult and continuing education add depth to the volume." --Susan Imel, Director, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, The Ohio State University

"Alan Knox has married the wisdom born out of his years of successful experience and his encyclopedic knowledge of the evaluation literature to produce the first truly comprehensive guide to evaluation for our field." --Ronald M. Cevero, University of Georgia

Book News Annotation:

Practical tools are provided for ensuring successful evaluation of continuing education programs and for including evaluation activities as part of program planning. Examples of evaluation reports reflect various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. The book is useful for program planners in any type of continuing education program, such as continuing education in the professions, ESL programs, and community colleges. Knox teaches continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Evaluation for Continuing Education provides the useful and practical tools necessary to ensure a successful program evaluation. The book presents systematic guidelines aimed at enhancing understanding of evaluation concepts and procedures, and offers manageable ways to selectively include evaluation activities as an integral part of program planning, implementation, and justification. Author Alan Knox reveals that the key to successful evaluations that improve education programs for adults is a basic rationale for why and how. He helps readers select and develop their own rationale throughout the course of the book while suggesting fundamental evaluation concepts and procedures. He shows how to distinguish some program aspect upon which a specific evaluation project will focus-including needs assessment, goals and policies, staffing assessment, materials development, and more-and summarizes examples of evaluation reports that reflect the various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. Knox offers a particularly wide variety of these examples, enabling readers to reflect on implications for their own evaluations and fashion unique guidelines and procedures that fit their own situations.

Synopsis:

Everyone associated with educational programs for adults makes evaluative judgments-consciously or unconsciously-about the worth and effectiveness of the program. But while many in the field continually tout the importance of evaluation, the process is woefully underused in practice. Among the many reasons for this is that there has been a lack of dependable guidelines and useful examples to ensure that program evaluation is worth the effort-until now.

Evaluation for Continuing Educationprovides the useful and practical tools necessary to ensure a successful program evaluation. The book presents systematic guidelines aimed at enhancing understanding of evaluation concepts and procedures, and offers manageable ways to selectively include evaluation activities as an integral part of program planning, implementation, and justification. Author Alan Knox reveals that the key to successful evaluations that improve education programs for adults is a basic rationale for why and how. He helps readers select and develop their own rationale throughout the course of the book while suggesting fundamental evaluation concepts and procedures. He shows how to distinguish some program aspect upon which a specific evaluation project will focus-including needs assessment, goals and policies, staffing assessment, materials development, and more-and summarizes examples of evaluation reports that reflect the various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. Knox offers a particularly wide variety of these examples, enabling readers to reflect on implications for their own evaluations and fashion unique guidelines and procedures that fit their own situations.

Program planners in any type of continuing education programs-including continuing education in the professions, ESL programs, community colleges, vocational training programs, and others-will find Evaluation for Continuing Education an indispensable resource for achieving successful evaluations.

About the Author

Alan Knox is professor of continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Widely respected in the field, he has twice received the Adult Education Association's Okes Award for outstanding research and was awarded the Syracuse University School of Education distinguished alumnus award in 1980. Knox has authored several Jossey-Bass books, including such classic works as Adult Development and Learning (1977) and Helping Adults Learn (1986).

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Author.

Part I: Basic Evaluation Concepts and Rationale.

1. Overview.

2. Approaches.

3. Rationale and Procedures.

Part II: Applications to Various Program Aspects.

4. Needs Assessment.

5. Contextual Analysis.

6. Goals and Policies.

7. Staffing Assessment.

8. Participation.

9. Program.

10. Materials.

11. Outcomes and Impact.

Part III: Guidelines forImproving Evaluation Practice.

12. How and Why.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787961435
Subtitle:
A Comprehensive Guide to Success
Author:
Knox, Alan B.
Author:
Knox, Alan B.
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Evaluation
Subject:
Adult & Continuing Education
Subject:
Adult education
Subject:
Continuing education
Subject:
Continuing education -- Evaluation.
Subject:
Adult education -- Evaluation.
Subject:
Education-Adult Education
Copyright:
Series:
Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
Series Volume:
13010
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.26x6.36x1.15 in. 1.34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Evaluation for Continuing Education provides the useful and practical tools necessary to ensure a successful program evaluation. The book presents systematic guidelines aimed at enhancing understanding of evaluation concepts and procedures, and offers manageable ways to selectively include evaluation activities as an integral part of program planning, implementation, and justification. Author Alan Knox reveals that the key to successful evaluations that improve education programs for adults is a basic rationale for why and how. He helps readers select and develop their own rationale throughout the course of the book while suggesting fundamental evaluation concepts and procedures. He shows how to distinguish some program aspect upon which a specific evaluation project will focus-including needs assessment, goals and policies, staffing assessment, materials development, and more-and summarizes examples of evaluation reports that reflect the various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. Knox offers a particularly wide variety of these examples, enabling readers to reflect on implications for their own evaluations and fashion unique guidelines and procedures that fit their own situations.
"Synopsis" by , Everyone associated with educational programs for adults makes evaluative judgments-consciously or unconsciously-about the worth and effectiveness of the program. But while many in the field continually tout the importance of evaluation, the process is woefully underused in practice. Among the many reasons for this is that there has been a lack of dependable guidelines and useful examples to ensure that program evaluation is worth the effort-until now.

Evaluation for Continuing Educationprovides the useful and practical tools necessary to ensure a successful program evaluation. The book presents systematic guidelines aimed at enhancing understanding of evaluation concepts and procedures, and offers manageable ways to selectively include evaluation activities as an integral part of program planning, implementation, and justification. Author Alan Knox reveals that the key to successful evaluations that improve education programs for adults is a basic rationale for why and how. He helps readers select and develop their own rationale throughout the course of the book while suggesting fundamental evaluation concepts and procedures. He shows how to distinguish some program aspect upon which a specific evaluation project will focus-including needs assessment, goals and policies, staffing assessment, materials development, and more-and summarizes examples of evaluation reports that reflect the various types of providers and scales on which evaluations are conducted. Knox offers a particularly wide variety of these examples, enabling readers to reflect on implications for their own evaluations and fashion unique guidelines and procedures that fit their own situations.

Program planners in any type of continuing education programs-including continuing education in the professions, ESL programs, community colleges, vocational training programs, and others-will find Evaluation for Continuing Education an indispensable resource for achieving successful evaluations.

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