ERIC Number: ED098250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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Research and Evaluation in Curriculum Development.
Vogel, Paul G.; Carmichael, Donald L.
Research and evaluation are crucial elements of the curriculum development process. Educational research properly includes "basic- nonevaluative" and "applied-evaluative research." Each species should be judged relative to its purpose and the degree to which systematic investigation occurs through the application of the scientific method. Evaluative or nonevaluative research must be justified in terms of the comprehensiveness of the knowledge base related to the project's development goals. Some overlap of research purposes between evaluative and nonevaluative research may occur with the improvement of evaluative research methodology. Relevancy to practical concerns may be improved by exploiting the mutual interdependence between evaluative and nonevaluative research. Practicing researchers must recognize the inherent differences of purpose between evaluative and nonevaluative research, and support each according to its particular strengths, if the full potential of the total educational research enterprise is to be realized. The I Can Project, an instructional program in physical education for trainable, mentally retarded, elementary school children, is presented as an example of the relationship between evaluative research and curriculum development. (Author/SE)
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