Measure beyond Pleasure: Evaluating the Impact on Learning of Out-of-School Programmes for Able and Gifted Pupils in England

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/14382
Title:
Measure beyond Pleasure: Evaluating the Impact on Learning of Out-of-School Programmes for Able and Gifted Pupils in England
Authors:
Lambert, Mike
Abstract:
School-education in England is replete with new projects and initiatives of various kinds. Many require formal evaluation of their impact and effectiveness, often carried out by researchers from higher education. One of these initiatives has been the development in recent years of ‘Advanced Learning Centres’ – out-of-school programmes for school-pupils. The author of this paper is now undertaking a three-year national evaluation of the impact on learning of pupils’ attendance at these Centres. This paper presents and analyses some of the issues and obstacles of doing this evaluation. These include facing the ‘Hawthorne effect’ of initial enthusiasm, the need to identify the historical context of out-of-school learning for able pupils, the difficulties of measuring against goals and intended outcomes, and tensions between the need for measurement and the ethos of the Centres themselves. The paper identifies ways forward for the evaluation process and relates this to evaluation of other similar projects elsewhere.
Citation:
International Journal of Learning, 2003, 10: 815-823
Publisher:
Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/14382
Additional Links:
http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.10.91
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
First published in International Journal of Learning, Volume 10, 2003
ISSN:
1447-9540 (online); 1447-9494 (Print)
Appears in Collections:
Learning in Classrooms, Schools and Communities

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dc.contributor.authorLambert, Mike-
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-29T13:40:49Z-
dc.date.available2007-10-29T13:40:49Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Learning, 2003, 10: 815-823en
dc.identifier.issn1447-9540 (online)-
dc.identifier.issn1447-9494 (Print)-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/14382-
dc.descriptionFirst published in International Journal of Learning, Volume 10, 2003-
dc.description.abstractSchool-education in England is replete with new projects and initiatives of various kinds. Many require formal evaluation of their impact and effectiveness, often carried out by researchers from higher education. One of these initiatives has been the development in recent years of ‘Advanced Learning Centres’ – out-of-school programmes for school-pupils. The author of this paper is now undertaking a three-year national evaluation of the impact on learning of pupils’ attendance at these Centres. This paper presents and analyses some of the issues and obstacles of doing this evaluation. These include facing the ‘Hawthorne effect’ of initial enthusiasm, the need to identify the historical context of out-of-school learning for able pupils, the difficulties of measuring against goals and intended outcomes, and tensions between the need for measurement and the ethos of the Centres themselves. The paper identifies ways forward for the evaluation process and relates this to evaluation of other similar projects elsewhere.en
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dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.10.91en
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectPupilsen
dc.subjectOut-of-school learningen
dc.subjectAdvanced learningen
dc.subjectAble pupilsen
dc.subjectGifted pupilsen
dc.titleMeasure beyond Pleasure: Evaluating the Impact on Learning of Out-of-School Programmes for Able and Gifted Pupils in Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
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