Independent evaluation of Connecting to Country
|Wendy Hodge, Sue Leahy, Marita Merlene, Kerry Hart, Ioana Ramia, Ofir Thaler, William Hodges, Tracey Whetnall, Patrick Shepherdson, Julie-Anne Lacko
|Both process and outcome
The evaluation analyses the effectiveness of Connecting to Country as a professional learning program for teachers and principals. The evaluation covers the delivery of the program from its inception in 2011 to the end of December 2012, where 344 teachers and 95 principals or delegates from 109 NSW schools participated in 27 cultural immersion workshops, 12 teacher and 9 principal professional learning workshops held across the State. The evaluators used a combination of site visits, observation and pre- and post- surveys of participants to measure changes in participants’ understanding of local Aboriginal cultures, histories and perspective and the impacts on willingness and capacity to integrate local Aboriginal content into lessons and school leadership practices.