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(Special Issue) Reasonableness of the Happy Learning Program Assessed by Junior High School Teachers in Kaohsiung: A Program Theory Evaluation Author: Ping-Huang Chang(Department of Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University), Ching-Hwa Tsai(Department of Foreign Language Instruction, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages), Ying-Chieh Chen(Institute of Education, National Sun Yat-sen University)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 59, No. 1
Date:March 2014


Admission to senior high school without entrance examinations has been proposed and conducted by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. In view of unprecedented changes and challenges, it is valuable to examine some pilot projects that have been implemented by local governments. Considering that program theory evaluation has been used increasingly in recent decades, and its firmly established ability to provide suggestions on how a program can be improved, it was employed in this study to assess the reasonableness of the Happy Learning Program.
Based on the principles of Multiple Adaptive Education, Nearby-Enrolment, and Creating Homogeneity, this study reconstructed the program theories underlying the Happy Learning Program. A questionnaire survey was administered to 426 teachers who were drawn from 46 junior high schools in Kaohsiung. The main conclusions were as follows: the Happy Learning Program is reasonable, but its degree of reasonableness varies with planning logic; the reasonableness degree of planning logic can be explained using fundamental theories, enabling identification of crucial elements in the program; no significant differences were observed among districts regarding the reasonableness of the Happy Learning Program. Based on the aforementioned findings, this study provides implications for policy making.

Keywords:12-Year Basic Education, theory program evaluation, admission without entrance examinations, Happy Learning Program

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APA FormatChang, P.-H., Tsai, C.-H., & Chen, Y.-C. (2014). Reasonableness of the Happy Learning Program Assessed by Junior High School Teachers in Kaohsiung: A Program Theory. Journal of Research in Education Sciences, 59(1), 33-67. doi:10.6209/JORIES.2014.59(1).02