Education Transformation: Research and Evaluation
Defining the metrics and results of success
Research is the systematic investigation—including research development, testing and evaluation—designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Evaluation is the systematic investigation of the merit, worth, or significance of any “object.”
Research can provide important information to governments and other stakeholders as they define their education reform programs. Education transformation plans should include well-defined metrics of success and program evaluation from the very start to measure impact. Program data can then be used to guide any adjustments that need to occur.
Defining the Metrics and Results of Success
Intel research and evaluation includes technology and ethnographic research and development to ensure that hardware and software solutions best meet the needs of users, from children and parents to teachers and administrators. Intel works with industry leaders to support 21st century education, engaging government decision- makers and academic experts. Education-related products and solutions are continuously evaluated for improvement and refinement. Market and industry analysis ensure that evolving needs in the education sector are considered and addressed.
The Intel® Education Solutions is based on ethnographic research in real classrooms around the world and collaboration with education experts. Intel’s team of ethnographic researchers conducts multi-year classroom studies. Intel also collaborates with academics in universities worldwide. This research informs the design and development of Intel Education Solutions products.
Intel Teach and Intel Easy Steps are suited to the needs of Filipino teachers as each course is localized, piloted and evaluated. The course is then tweaked based on the evaluation, before it is rolled out for mainstream use. Even after it is implemented, the courses are evaluated every two years in terms of content, format and pedagogy by the pre-service and in-service Intel Teach Senior Trainers. The data from the evaluation serves as the basis for experts in the Philippines to revise the courses to make sure that they continue to remain updated and relevant in terms of both form and function.
The classmate PC was also developed based on research in ten countries, including Kenya and South Africa. The research focused on how kids naturally and intuitively learn, and the technology features that will best support this process; how to foster 21st century skills; and how teachers can best introduce technology into the classroom.
Each of the Intel education programs, such as Intel® Teach, include content development based on current relevant research on effective teaching and learning followed by evaluation strategies that collect formative data for program improvement and then summative data to understand impact.
At Intel, we approach our program and product development through established research foundations and contemporary studies on how students learn. To accomplish this, we have established:
- A network of over 30 evaluation agencies worldwide, connected by an online evaluator community
- Research and evaluation resources
- Toolkits (1:1 and ICT deployment)
- Protocols and instruments
- Logic and indicator models
- Research and evaluation reports catalogs
- Teacher professional development
- Informal education
- Science fair
- Online, 1:1 and classroom e-Learning
- Educational ICT quality, retention, and economic and social impacts
- Trends analysis
- Technology in Schools: What the Research Says—Cisco, Metiri Group
- Innovative Teaching and Learning Research—Microsoft, Partners in Learning, and SRI
- Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systemic Approach to Technology-Based School Innovations—Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- Intel Education Transformation Research: Lessons Learned Across Five eLearning Programs—Intel
- Evidence of Impact—Intel
- Ten Years of Evaluation: Intel Education Initiatives—Intel
- Intel Guide to Monitoring eLearning Programs—Intel