Educational Leadership and Policy - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus
Monday, 15 November 2021 09:47

ELP622: Program Evaluation in Education

Course Purpose and Objectives

In this Module, students will study concepts-definitions of programme evaluation, the differences between research and evaluation and theoretical orientations of programme evaluation through a historical review. They will, also, study alternative approaches/models that can be used in the evaluation of programmes, including programme modeling or the technique of structured hierarchical decomposition, the capabilities-weaknesses of these approaches, issues related to resistance and conflict resolution in evaluation, as well as the collection of evaluation information through the design, sampling and costs in relation to the data sources and methods, analysis and interpretation.

Course Content

Amongst others, the Course provides students with knowledge about the major approaches and models developed in the area of program evaluation and the important role it plays in any effective program, as well as about the basic principles of different methodological designs, sampling, cost analysis and needs assessment, and the basic methods of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in the evaluation of educational programs. The module also provides students with knowledge on the basic elements of the presentation / publication of the results of a program evaluation by the evaluation report, and the four levels of program evaluation established and the five guiding principles proposed for evaluators. Students upon successful completion of the Module will also have a clear understanding of the concept of meta-evaluation, its usefulness, purpose and applications.

 

Monday, 15 November 2021 09:43

ELP621: Strategic planning in education

Course Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Module is to get students acquainted and familiarized with strategic planning in education, as well as be able to apply the relevant theory within the context of educational organisations. Students will study the concepts of organisations and management, needs analysis and the strategic forecasting of the future, as well as the concept of strategy. Students will also study the strategic analysis, both at the level of the external competitive environment of organisations and at the level of their internal environment, as well as the strategic choice, the strategic plan and its implementation. Then, they will examine Total Quality Management (TQM), with reference to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), will explore responsibility and accountability issues, while the module will be completed with the implementation of strategic planning in the Cyprus Educational System (CES).

 

Course Content

Students will study the concepts of organisations and management, needs analysis and the strategic forecasting of the future, as well as the concept of strategy. They will be able to identify the basic stages an organisation should follow in order to develop good action plans, and the important steps towards developing a successful strategic plan. Students will also study the strategic analysis, both at the level of the external competitive environment of organisations and at the level of their internal environment, as well as the strategic choice, the strategic plan and its implementation. The will be able to      implement various analyses to collect information for determining the strategic position of an organisation. Then, they will examine Total Quality Management (TQM), with reference to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), will explore responsibility and accountability issues, while the module will be completed with the implementation of strategic planning in the Cyprus Educational System (CES). Thus, they will be able to distinguish the conflict resolution styles, compare the field of business with the field of education, by noting some similarities and some differences between them, and highlight some strategic choices that the CES can pursue.

Course Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Module ELP522 is to familiarize students with the important stages of conducting quantitative research in education as well as to develop their critical ability towards quantitative research results in the field of education.

More specifically, the Module aims:

  • to introduce students to basic principles of scientific quantitative research in education
  • to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to design a scientific quantitative research (specialized research topic, identification of quantitative research questions, methodology design, presentation of results and valid conclusions)
  • to support students to understand the ethical issues arising in the design and implementation of a research
  • to develop students’ critical thinking over research quantitative results and conclusions

 

Course Content

Students will study the nature of change in modern organisations, the necessity of change and the factors which affect it, the design of change, the individual and change, the school as an organisation and change, change at the educational system level, leadership and change, as well as some innovative programmes in education and international studies. At the same time, they will study the characteristics of the effective school and the effective teacher and the creation of a climate for change, the theoretical models of school effectiveness, the measurement of school effectiveness, as well as the research for the improvement of school effectiveness. Finally, they will examine various research programmes of school effectiveness conducted in Cyprus and internationally.

Monday, 15 November 2021 09:36

ELP521: Evaluation of Teaching and Teachers

Course Purpose and Objectives

In this thematic unit students will be introduced to the evaluation of teaching. They will study the role of inspection/evaluation, issues relating to classroom observation and the methods, procedures and tools that can be used for this purpose, as well as evaluation strategies. They will also examine issues relating to the evaluator, the curriculum, teaching and learning, the assessment of learning outcomes, self-evaluation of teachers and schools and the role of evaluation in the professional development and selection of education officials. Finally, reference will be made to the present and future of the evaluation of teachers’ work.

 

Course Content

  • express the key purposes of the evaluation of teachers’ work
  • link teacher evaluation to the evaluation of the educational work of the school
  • acquire knowledge and skills on issues related to classroom observation and self-evaluation of the teacher and the school
  • document the relationship between the evaluation and school effectiveness
  • apply different evaluation methods
  • develop and implement effectively educational programme evaluation designs either at the level of the school or of the education system
  • observe and evaluate teaching using appropriate tools / methods for classroom observation, by applying all appropriate proceedings
  • compare and evaluate critically evaluation systems of teachers and school work and make recommendations for their improvement

Course Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Module is to familiarize students with the important stages of conducting quantitative research in education as well as to develop their critical ability towards quantitative research results in the field of education. More specifically in this course students will use the stages of implementation of quantitative research. Then they will be introduced in the collection and analysis of empirical quantitative data as well as critical appraisal of quantitative research.

Course Content

The Module deals with issues such as:

  • Introduction to educational quantitative research
  • Basic quantitative research approaches
  • Stages of implementation of quantitative research - the scientific inquiry process
  • Quantitative methodological approaches and research tools
  • Collection and analysis of empirical quantitative data
  • Critical appraisal of quantitative research

Course Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Module ELP511 is to study the basic organizational theories and to examine in depth the new principles of educational management. It also tends to explore the extensions and the applications of these theories in schools, educational organizations and systems. The Thematic Unit deals with subjects such as historical and theoretical foundations of educational management, the school as an open social system, internal and external factors that influence the structural, cultural, political and human elements of educational models, introduction to leadership theories, and decision-making theories. The students are expected to be able to reflect and be challenged in relation to applications, deep thinking, study and analysis of the current educational issues on educational leadership, management and administration and to search for theoretical as well as practical solutions.

More specifically students are expected to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the educational system as a significant sub-system of the social system and to identify the dynamic environment in which an educational organization and system exists.
  • Explore and analyze the different models under which educational institutions and their bureaucracies are organized.
  • Identify the role of the scientist/professional in educational institutions and system bureaucracies.
  • Acquire a broad knowledge on issues such as leadership, organizational climate and decision making processes in educational organizations.

Course Content

  • Describe and analyse issues such as leadership, organizational climate and decision-making process in educational organizations.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the educational system as a significant sub-system of the social system and to identify the dynamic environment in which an educational organization and system exists.
  • Explore and analyse the different models of educational institutions and system bureaucracies.
  • Identify the role of the scientist/professional in educational institute and system bureaucracies.
  • Understand and compare significant meanings and theories from the theory and praxis within the field of educational leadership and management.
  • Apply educational leadership theories in order to solve applied management and administration problems.
  • Evaluate on an evidence-basis the quality and effectiveness of the organizational and administrative structures, perceptions and practices that are in place in a specific educational organization or system.