The Practitioner Research and Evaluation Skills Training (PREST)

Various authors, Commonwealth of Learning, Jun 16, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Practitioner Research and Evaluation Skills Training (PREST) series has been published by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in collaboration with the International Research Foundation for Open Learning. This is a substantial resource, consisting of six core guides (with accompanying reading resources), six handbooks, and a user guide. Readers, in addition to the volumous instruction offered, will find gems throughout - for example, Alan Woodley's Doing institutional research: the role of the partisan guerrilla, which I hadn't seen elsewhere, along with standard readings from people like Berge, Anderson and Cookson. I didn't read it all, but what I did read (2 core modules and readings, and two handbooks) was first rate. Don't miss this resource, which will be definitive in the field.
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