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ERIC Number: ED016790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 29
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CRITERION PROBLEMS AND CURRICULUM EVALUATION.
LETON, DONALD
THE EVALUATION OR DEVALUATION OF CURRICULUMS REQUIRES THE VALIDATION OR INVALIDATION OF THEORY AND IS NOT DETERMINED BY PHILOSOPHICAL DISPUTE. AS LONG AS A CURRICULUM IS CONSIDERED TO BE A CLOSED INFORMATIONAL SYSTEM, INTERNAL CRITERIA MAY HELP ITS SEQUENCE AND ESTABLISH ITS CONSISTENCY BUT CANNOT VALIDATE IT. TO EVALUATE A CLOSED INFORMATIONAL SYSTEM, THE RELEVANT INFORMATION WHICH PREVAILS OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM MUST BE DETERMINED AND TESTED AGAINST THAT WHICH PREVAILS INSIDE, AND ITEMS WITHIN MAY THEN BE DISPLACED OR RETAINED. THE OUTSIDE INFORMATION REPRESENTS AN EXTERNAL CRITERION OF THE INSIDE INFORMATION. OTHER CRITERION PROBLEMS SUGGEST MODIFYING THE CONCEPT THAT A CONTROL GROUP MUST BE A NAIVE PLACEBO GROUP, AND REEXAMINING STATISTICAL DECISIONS SUCH AS WHAT CONSTITUTES ADEQUATE EVIDENCE OF THE IMPACT OF THE CURRICULUM. WITH CURRICULUMS IN VARIOUS STATES OF TRANSITION, INCLUDING CHANGING METHODOLOGY, ADOPTING NEW OBJECTIVES, AND INCORPORATING NEW INFORMATION, THE PROBLEM BECOMES ONE OF EVALUATING AN OPEN AND DYNAMIC SYSTEM. HERE, THE FIRST PROBLEM IS TO DETERMINE THE BOUNDARIES, NOT BY DEFINING CHRONOLOGICAL AGE, BUT BY CREATING SOME OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF VOCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS. LONGITUDINAL STUDIES ENTAILING BOTH THE PREDICTION AND ASSESSMENT OF CHANGE, INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER, ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCH CURRICULUM EVALUATION. THIS WILL PRODUCE CRITERIA FOR STABILITY AND CHANGE. RESPONSES TO THE PAPER BY RALPH E. MASON AND ROBERT M. WASSON ARE INCLUDED. THIS PAPER WAS DELIVERED AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR FOR RESEARCH IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (URBANA, ILLINOIS, MAY 16-20, 1966). (EM)
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