Kirkwood, Adrian and Rae, Jan
Demonstrating the quality of learner's experience and engagement: issues in constructing effective evaluation approaches on the English in Action Project, Bangladesh.
In: Commonwealth of Learning - 6th Pan-Commonwealth Forum, 24 - 28 Nov 2010, Kochi, India.
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The purpose of the DfID English in Action Project (EIA) currently running in Bangladesh is to 'increase significantly the number of people able to communicate in English, to levels that enable them to participate fully in economic and social activities and opportunities' (EIA, 2008). Supported open learning initiatives will employ media and technologies to supplement and enhance the learning and teaching of communicative English among school students, teachers and adults throughout Bangladesh. The comprehensive programme of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that accompany the project will demonstrate evidence of success and lessons learned from initiatives over the lifetime of the project, scheduled to complete in 2017. This paper focuses on detailing distinctive ways in which 'success' should be articulated, arguing that both qualitative and quantitative approaches are required in order to fully understand the outcomes of the Project. It highlights the need for a wide range of stakeholders to engage with, examine and fully comprehend the extent to which quality outcomes from the project initiatives have potentially touched and impacted upon individual lives.
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