Situated Evaluation

Throughout the course of Teaching Teleapprenticeship research, we use a new method of evaluation, situated evaluation, as defined by Bruce & Rubin (1993):

"Situated evaluation is an evaluation method that analyzes the varieties of use of an innovation across contexts. The evaluation is focused on the innovation-in-use, and its primary purpose is to understand the different ways in which the innovation is realized. This new term is used to emphasize the unique characteristics of each situation in which the innovation is used." p. 203

The purpose of situated evaluation within this project is to explain why a computer-based network was used the way it was; to predict the results of using the network; to identify dimensions of similarity and difference among settings; to improve the use of Eudora, an electronic mail software program; to improve the technology; and to identify variables for later evaluation. Observations, interviews, and questionnaire responses were used to evaluate the use of computer networks in this study.

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