ERIC Number: ED075448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-8
Measurement for the Purpose of Evaluation.
Hinkle, D. E.
The terms "measurement" and "evaluation" have been frequently defined and confused. Three of the most common definitions of evaluation are that it is identical to measurement, that it is "determining the congruence between performance and objectives," and that it is a matter of professional judgment. The goal of evaluation is to provide decision-makers with information relevant to the selection, adoption, support, and worth of educational materials and activities. Technical, conceptual, and operational problems surround evaluation and evaluation methodology. The traditional experimental research design is inappropriate for evaluation, and a need for more evaluation theory and better measurement instruments exists. Evaluators have had trouble conceptualizing the nature of the educational programs and evaluation itself. Objectives must be stated in terms amenable to measure and, subsequently, evaluation. An expanded version of the CIPP Model details thirty steps to be followed in planning and executing an evaluation design. The method incorporates all of the above-mentioned definitions of evaluation and fulfills its goal of providing relevant information to decision-makers. A bibliography is provided. (For related documents, see TM 002 522-524.) (KM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Measurement Techniques, Models, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Speeches
Not available separately; see TM 002 522
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Note: Paper presented at pre-session of Southeastern Invitational Conference on Measurement in Education (11th, Athens, Georgia, December 8, 1972)