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CARVALHO, Ana M. A.. Monitoring and evaluating graduate courses: some thoughts about requirements and criteria. Psicol. USP [online]. 2001, vol.12, n.1, pp.203-221. ISSN 0103-6564.

On the basis of the results of a survey of the first 25 years of the graduate course on Experimental Psychology of the IPUSP (1974-1990), this paper discusses some issues which emerged as relevant for the consideration of monitoring and evaluation procedures regarding graduate courses. The identity of the course is discussed in terms of main themes, epistemologic approach and nature of the formation provided to the students; the dynamics of the course is dealt with through the consideration of the diversity of regulating factors - such as teachers availability, evolution of research areas, students’ demand - which affect the course’s production, the main target of the current evaluation procedures. Self-monitoring is pointed out as a necessary tool for the validation or for the questioning of external evaluations. Some currently neglected evaluation criteria such as students’ participation in the scientific production of the course, its evaluation by the students, and the professional performance of graduated students, are suggested.

Keywords : Postgraduate training; Evaluation; Courses; Teacher education; Researchers.

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