If one wants to make decisions regarding educational problems connected with students, parents, teachers, administrators; if one is interested in the learning outcomes of students; if one believes that, in a classroom situation, all the three aspects of measurement -- quantitative, qualitative and value judgement -- are indispensable; if one wants to make the teaching-learning process itself and its final product more effective, meaningful and fruitful; if one wants to use the results of testing as feedback material which is extremely necessary -- then educational evaluation is a must.
In short, educational evaluation cannot be separated from the teaching-learning process; it is, in fact, an integral part of it. This book covers both the theoretical and functional aspects of educational evaluation. In the beginning greater stress is laid on the theoretical aspect of the subject, but gradually the functional aspect is brought to the front. To make it absolutely functional, Part II of this book deals with some very useful concepts, and offers much useful information on elementary statistics. This approach is best suited to a teacher who is expected not only to know the theory of educational evaluation but also to prepare the year`s plan, the unit plan, the unit test, and various tools to measure students` progress quantitatively and qualitatively, and to apply his knowledge of statistics with a view to fruitfully using the results of the various tests.
If you are a B.Ed. student or an M.Ed. student; if you are a teacher or an administrator; if you have a keen interest in evaluating your own methbd of teaching, or a student`s learning experiences, or his scholastic achievement, or his knowledge, understanding, interests, attitudes and appreciation -- then this book, partially or wholly, will give you some useful information. In short, if you are expected to play the part of a decision-maker at any level in the field of education, you will find in this book much to help you and guide you.
B.Sc(Hons.), M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. Former Principal, Kapila Kahandvala College of Education, Santa Cruz, Mumbai.