ERIC Number: ED204358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Art of Progressive Focusing.
Stake, Robert E.
Researchers are urged to guard against presumption, and to focus on the issues gradually, as they emerge under observation. Naturalistic evaluation studies represent an interaction between a research viewpoint and a field activity. There is uniqueness to the research team's predilection, and uniqueness to the site. Progressive focusing requires that the researcher be well acquainted with the complexities of the problem before going to the field, but not too committed to a study plan. It is accomplished in multiple stages: first observation of the site, the further inquiry, beginning to focus on the relevant issues, and then seeking to explain. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illuminative Evaluation; Progressive Focusing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).