ERIC Number: ED246098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Problems in Third World Settings.
Because human beings are different and are necessarily subjective, and because evaluation always involves the human factor, many problems arise. The problems may be compounded in third world settings because they have been studied less, and are less understood, and because evaluators are often from outside the setting and therefore bring unquestioned assumptions and values which limit their perceptions. Several problems may arise that can paralyze the best evaluation design of the unwary researcher. These problems include methodological issues; lack of understanding of the purpose and importance of evaluation; lack of supporting infrastructure; lack of written response; lack of awareness of research methodology; public holidays; crises; suspicion of and respect for outsiders; language; and culture, class, ideology, and differing agendas. Being aware of and struggling with these problems should help to bring the evaluator nearer to achieving the understanding essential for a productive evaluation. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Problems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).