Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Innovative Research in Education
A Review of Theoretical Frameworks to Evaluate School-University Partnerships that Improve Teaching and Learning Practices
Edna Milena Sarmiento- Márquez, Luis P. Prieto and Gerti Pishtari
School-University Partnerships (SUPs) are long-term collaborations that solve problems of educational practice, especially those related to teaching and learning practices (TLPs). Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are key processes to understand partnership evolution and its degree of impact (to what extent it solves the target problem of practice) while allowing for a continuous adaptation of practices, thus increasing the SUP’s chances of sustainability and success. Despite their importance, SUPs M&E are still challenging for practitioners. Due to the long timespan and evolving nature of SUPs, the intended changes in TLPs are difficult to measure. Moreover, practitioners do not have clear guidelines about what to evaluate, when, and how. In this paper, we reviewed seven frameworks related to the evaluation of partnerships in education to understand how they are useful in the M&E of SUPs that improve TLPs. The revision shows that the frameworks only partially address the evaluation of SUPs that promote TLPs. They focus on specific contexts (i.e., pre-service teachers), phases of development (early stages), or processes (i.e., collaboration) within a partnership. There is thus a need for a holistic, more complete framework that guides practitioners to evaluate both the collaboration and the outcomes of SUPs throughout their lifecycle (i.e., since SUPs initiation until their sustainability). We try to fill this gap by proposing a rationale for an evaluation framework to guide the evaluation of SUPs that improve TLPs. Future research should focus on developing tools that can be widely used, allowing for the transferability of practices and knowledge independently of the context.
Keywords: Educational innovations; monitoring and evaluation; evaluation framework; evaluation of teaching and learning practices; School-University Partnerships.