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MSI Fellowship Week: Teaching an Entry-Level Evaluation Course Incorporating Culturally Responsive Evaluation in a Professional Doctoral Program by Lu Liu
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American Evaluation Association (AEA) American Evaluation Association (AEA)
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Dateline: Washington , DC
Thursday, February 21, 2019

 
Hello! My name is Lu Liu and I am an Assistant Professor in the La Fetra College of Education at the University of La Verne.  I am faculty in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Program teaching research method courses and I am interested in developing evaluation courses that integrate Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) theory and practice so that these notions can be included as part of the research literacy outcomes of the program.
This is important as educational organizations like K-12 school districts or community colleges serve an increasingly diversified student population and my students, working in these settings, participate in evaluation projects assessing activity effectiveness. Per the AEA ethical guiding principles, it is the evaluator’s responsibility to be culturally competent in order to contribute to the common good and equity in organizations.  To establish that competency, formal coursework and on-going training is necessary.
I had the opportunity to review some evaluation course syllabi for our group project because of my engagement in the Minority-Serving Institution Program of the AEA. For the project, we investigated the teaching of culturally responsive evaluation through theorical and practical lenses and reported our findings at the 2018 annual conference.
Lesson Learned: 
Recognizing the incorporation of the CRE in evaluation is a coherent process – the process starts from the beginning (e.g. preparing for the evaluation) and continues to the end (e.g. results dissemination). From the curriculum design perspective, it is critical to recognize the CRE throughout the whole course as well. In particular, it is important to list CRE as part of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), then add course readings that specifically discuss the theoretical foundations and practices in CRE, assign activities which help the students translate the concepts in the readings to real-life experiences, and engage students in self-reflections and discussions. To make the learning meaningful, it’s important to structure the course with hands-on practices and activities which take into consideration contextual factors, stakeholders, evaluation purposes, culturally relevant data collection and analysis methods, findings sharing, etc. It is also helpful if some culture and diversity courses are offered in a program so that the students can draw theories and practices from them as well.
Rad Resources: Some good starting point references include:
The AEA 365 blog list is a great resource for ideas, practices and resources related to CRE.
The American Evaluation Association is AEA Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellowship Experience week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from AEA’s MSI Fellows. For more information on the MSI fellowship, see this webpage: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=230 Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.
 

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