Action, CASSME, Handspring,
Slovenia, Nigeria, Campfire. The British council has contracted
CRIPSAT to study the educational impact of the PCOSP programme
(1996-2001). The study will examine the impact of PCOSP nationally
on schools, teachers and pupils. Issues to be considered include
buildings, furniture and material resources, school organisation
and management, community involvement, continuing professional
developemnt of teachers, pupil attendance and pupil learning outcomes.
During the course
of the evaluation data collection mechanisms have been developed,
trialled and implemented which aim to quantify the impact of PCOSP
in the following focal areas; teacher uptake of training, changes
in teachers' attitudes and behaviours, attendance, changes in
school organisation and management. The evaluation of classroom
effectiveness is being approached through classroom observation
and the development and operationalisation of pupil achievement
measures. An important aspect of the development of these pupil
achievement measures is that teachers have been involved in both
the development of assessment tasks and the curriculum sequences
against which pupils' performance will be measured. Teachers'
involvement has been crucial in terms of the ecological validity
of the pupil achievement measures and developing awareness of
pupil learning outcomes.