The principal as evaluator : an application of the curriculum evaluation model of Elliot W. Eisner to a kindergarten setting

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Elaine S. Hotaling (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to apply the curriculum evaluation model of Elliot W. Eisner to a kindergarten setting. The writer, as principal and evaluator of the setting, based her investigation on Eisner's belief that evaluation needs to be grounded in a view of how persons create meaning from their experiences. Dale L. Brubaker's definition of curriculum, what each person experiences as learning settings are cooperatively created, was utilized in the study. The study included description, interpretation and assessment of the pervasive qualities of the curriculum as currently experienced by the setting's participants. The themes of control, understanding and liberation, identified by James B. Macdonald as basic value positions, recurred in the participants' expressions of the meaning of their shared experiences. The use of participant observation, interviews, review of documentary sources and ethnography, methodology consistent with field research, enabled the writer to define the parts that communicated a holistic meaning.

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Language: English
Date: 1988
Eisner, Elliot W.
Curriculum planning
Kindergarten $x Methods and manuals
Elementary school principals
Elementary school teachers

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