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Research Article  |   September 1990
Program Evaluation for Accreditation
Author Affiliations
  • Susan K. Meyers, MBA, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Indiana University, 1140 West Michigan Street, Coleman Hall 311, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5119
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   September 1990
Program Evaluation for Accreditation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 823-826. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.823
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 823-826. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.823
Abstract

Program evaluation in preparation for accreditation provides opportunities for the identification of program strengths, weaknesses, and improvement potential. In the present study, naturalistic inquiry, an evaluation methodology responsive to the concerns of persons with a stake in the program, was successfully used in preparation for the accreditation of an occupational therapy program. The experiences of undergraduate students who implemented the program evaluation as part of an honors elective course describe the process, outcomes, benefits, and problems associated with the use of naturalistic inquiry as a responsive program evaluation.