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Title: Using surveys for understanding and improving foreign language programs 
Author: Davis, John McE.
Date: 2011-08-09
Abstract: The goal of this guide is to help language educators develop surveys that produce useful information for evaluation in language programs. To that end, survey methods are situated within a method of evaluation that emphasizes use and usefulness (Norris & Watanabe, 2011; Patton, 2008). This approach is explicitly geared to ensure that evaluations impact programs in the ways stakeholders desire. By undertaking survey methods in this way, people who do evaluation in their programs will be more likely to use survey findings for understanding and improvement.
Description: The goal of this guide is to help language educators develop surveys that produce useful information for evaluation in language programs. To that end, survey methods are situated within a method of evaluation that emphasizes use and usefulness (Norris & Watanabe, 2011; Patton, 2008). This approach is explicitly geared to ensure that evaluations impact programs in the ways stakeholders desire. By undertaking survey methods in this way, people who do evaluation in their programs will be more likely to use survey findings for understanding and improvement.
Sponsorship: The contents of this research report were developed under a grant from the U. S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.229, P229A100001). However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and one should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Pages/Duration: 63 pages
Identifier: NW61
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/14549
Keywords: survey, method, guide, program, evaluation, program evaluation, foreign language
LC Subject Headings: Language.
Linguistic theory.
Language acquisition.
Science of language (Linguistics)

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