ERIC Number: ED161924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation as Story: The Narrative Quality of Educational Evaluation.
Wachtman, Edward L.
The author presents his opinion that educational evaluation has much similarity to the nonfiction narrative, (defined as a series of events ordered in time), particularly as it relates a current situation to future possibilities. He refers to Stake's statement that evaluation is concerned not only with outcomes but also with antecedents and with dynamic transactions between teacher and learner. He contrasts the complex humanistic approach of a story teller who seeks to present unity and order in experience so as to arrive at a judgment, with the approach based primarily on measurement and prediction. The principal difference between the historian or the story teller and the evaluator is that the evaluator must always include the estimation of merit or worth. The evaluator must participate in the situation being evaluated, and this participation will have an impact on the evaluation. (CTM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)