ERIC Number: ED231856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-28
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Historical Explanation in Program Evaluation.
This paper advances a humanistic and literary view of history which has important implications for those doing educational evaluation in naturalistic settings. It stresses the particularity of historical events and the importance of investigating history from the perspective of the individual actors involved. It emphasizes being sensitive to history's complexity and understanding historical events from as many different viewpoints as possible. It furthermore espouses the view that history is essentially a story that is told in ordinary, everyday language. And that it should endeavor to convey the richness of human experience, while jarring the reader into new understandings of his contemporary perspective of the world. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Historical Explanation; Historical Methods
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Network (Baltimore, MD, October 28-30, 1982).