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ERIC Number: ED051272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-7
Pages: 15
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Application of Adversary Proceedings to Educational Evaluation and Decision-Making.
Owens, Thomas R.
The adversary principle, as used in law proceedings for judging merits of cases involving opposing parties, is considered as an aid to educational evaluation and decision-making. Its use in education is suggested as an alternative way of interpreting, synthesizing, and reporting evidence. Potential uses discussed include 1) exploring values inherent in a new or existing curriculum, 2) estimating the congruence between an innovation and the existing school system, 3) revealing how various group representatives interpret the same data, 4) informing educators of the advantages and limitations of a project, 5) resolving disputes regarding the fulfillment of performance contracts, and 6) arriving at actual decisions to be implemented. The relevance of the use of adversary proceedings to three widely discussed evaluation models is shown. A trial hearing conducted at the Hawaii Curriculum Center to explore the practicality of the technique is described in detail. Advantages and limitations of the adversary principle as a strategy for educational evaluation and decision-making are fully discussed. (Author/AG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971