ERIC Number: ED228464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation in Adult Education: An International Perspective. Theory, Innovation, and Practice in Andragogy. No. 4.
Rivera, William M.
This paper discusses the breadth and direction of large-scale evaluative research and its implications for academics, their professional associations, and universities in general. The paper asks a number of questions, such as: What are the differing perceptions of evaluation at the international level? Is there a symbiosis between educational planning and evaluation, and are efficiency evaluations indicative of educational success or failure? The paper is organized into three main parts concerning perspectives, criteria, and implications of evaluation at the international level. The first part reviews definitions, approaches, and perspectives of evaluation. In the second part, the educational planning-evaluation symbiosis and its underlying socioeconomic criteria are examined. The third part underscores the implications of large-scale evaluative research in adult education for universities, professional associations, and academics, and proposes a number of steps for meeting the challenge of leadership that large-scale evaluation presents. While the paper takes a critical look at developments in large-scale evaluative research and academe's capacity to meet the challenge, its ultimate purpose is to set the stage for an era of extensive cooperation among universities, professional associations, and academics concerned with the expanding critical area of evaluative research in adult and comparative education. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Andragogy, Economic Development, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Evaluative Thinking, Global Approach, International Education, International Studies, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Research Needs, Universities
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. International Inst. of Andragogy.
Note: For related documents, see CE 035 600-602. Also sponsored by Simon Rodriguez National Experimental University, Caracas, Venezuela.