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Session Title: Evaluating Education, Health Education and Agriculture Education Around the Globe
Multipaper Session 278 to be held in REPUBLIC A on Thursday, Nov 11, 10:55 AM to 12:25 PM
Sponsored by the International and Cross-cultural Evaluation TIG
Satisfaction of Employers for Agricultural Graduates: Perspective for the Future
Virginia Gravina, University of the Republic, virginia@fagro.edu.uy
Abstract: In order to respond to needs of constituents who hire graduates and to plan for future curriculum, the College of Agriculture, in Uruguay, established a research plan to garner their perceptions. Q methodology was used to explore these perceptions. The study was structured around five essential issues to achieve the accreditation status: the current role of the University, the future role of the University, the actual professional graduate, and the potential future graduate, and agricultural development. Three different views emerged: The Specialized Integrative, emphasizing the role of a professional as specialized with a rigorous knowledge, innovative, and hard working. The Sustainable view made a strong point for sustainability embracing ecology, sociology, and economy as a main axis. The Educational view reported a good education, strong scientific knowledge, critical thinking, study habits, and ability to solve problems, as the engine to any kind of development.
A Cross-Case Analyses of Different Stakeholders’ Perceptions About the Quality of an Evaluation Program: Colombia’s National Bilingual Program
Alexis Lopez, University of Los Andes, Colombia, allopez@uniandes.edu.co
Abstract: As part of the National Bilingual Program, the Colombian National Ministry of Education formulated a nation-wide project to strengthen the teaching of English as a foreign language in Colombia. One of the goals of this program is to evaluate all undergraduate programs, which train prospective English teachers, to highlight the programs’ strengths and weakness in order to improve the quality of teacher training programs in Colombia. This paper focuses on how different stakeholders view the quality of this evaluation program. An exploratory mixed-method study was conducted in order to gain insights about how different stakeholders (administrators, teachers, students and alumni) view the quality of this evaluation program. Preliminary findings suggest that stakeholders’ have different views on how to judge the quality of this evaluation program. Although they focus on similar aspects, their expectations vary on some degree.
Balancing Global Focus With Local Perspectives: A Comparative Study of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Four Countries
Corinne Singleton, SRI International, corinne.singleton@sri.com
Savitha Moorthy, SRI International, savitha.moorthy@sri.com
Linda Shear, SRI International, linda.shear@sri.com
Abstract: This paper describes the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) research project, a multiyear global research program that investigates the factors promoting innovative teaching practices and their impact on student learning across several country contexts. In this paper, we discuss two components of our methodology from the pilot year of the study, namely (a) a strategy for conducting a distributed evaluation that allows for consistency across countries as well as local adaptation of methods and (b) Learning Activities and Student Work (LASW), a unique method that uses authentic artifacts from the classroom to draw conclusions about teaching and learning of competencies relevant to life and work in the 21st Century. Through these strategies, ITL research contributes to the development of a concrete set of globally relevant definitions and locally-implemented methods that further our ability to identify, measure, and implement “innovative teaching and learning” around the world.
Use of the Task Analysis Methodology to Strengthen Education of Nurses, Midwives, and Physician Assistants in Liberia
Mary Drake, Jhpiego, mdrake@jhpiego.net
A Udaya Thomas, Jhpiego, uthomas@jhpiego.net
Marion Subah, Jhpiego, msubah@jhpiego.net
Abstract: Liberia has among the highest maternal and child mortality in the world (1) . To help reduce these rates, Liberia prioritized a basic package of health services to be provided to all Liberians seeking care. Critical for implementing these services is the system for educating providers who will deliver them. A task analysis was conducted among nurses, midwives and physician assistants to determine which of these tasks were being provided, which tasks they had not been trained for, and where they learned to perform the tasks. The findings are essential for updating the curricula, core competencies and job descriptions of these cadres to ensure a streamlined, competency-based education process that is linked to job readiness. This paper will: 1. Describe the classic task analysis methodology and key adaptations made 2. Discuss key findings 3. Present strengths and opportunities for improving the methodology 4. Make recommendations for strengthening the methodology and tools

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