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Programme Evaluation in Higher Education

Theoretical Reflections and Practical Experiences


Bozana Knezevic

The aims of the research were to identify and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the study programmes, to suggest changes in order to improve them, to stimulate institutional discourse on the quality and further development of the study programmes and to set foundations for the change of discourse. The research applied a blend of theories of evaluation for the analysis of the curriculum and a combination of action research and action learning for the curriculum reform. The research findings suggest that action research/action learning, deliberative democratic evaluation and social theory were the appropriate approach and theories necessary to handle the internal evaluation within a political context.
Contents: Programme Evaluation in Higher Education – Democratic and Deliberative Democratic Evaluation Theories – Evaluation and Postmodernism – Knowledge, Power, Discourse – Habermas, Gadamer and Foucault’s Theoretical Framework – Theories of Action Research – Potential Conflict of Different Roles – Pilot Study Research – Summary of Research, Implications of the Research for Theory and Practice – Further Areas for Research.