ERIC Number: ED108042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-15
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Evaluating Through Counting Learner Benefits.
Alvir, Howard P.
This paper examines three ways in which attempts at program evaluation are most often thwarted. The first, fingerpointing, may be either positive or negative. It may be positive by pointing to the individual who is "doing a good job considering--", it may be threatening by expecting too much of any one individual (e.g. "Evaluation should be made in terms of the project, not the project coordinator"). A second way to thwart effective evaluation is by asserting that progress is "in the pipeline"--that is, those benefits currently visible are meager compared to long-range benefits as yet unseen. The third way to thwart evaluation is by resorting to "tunnel vision", wherein every criticism meets with a character testimonial (e.g. "I'm doing all I can") intended to make the problems disappear. After examining and analyzing each postulation, the author offers ways in which each can be used positively. (CKJ)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Program Evaluation, Research Projects
Howard P. Alvir, Associate Commissioner for Research and Evaluation, Bureau of Occupational Education Research, The University of the State of New York, State Education Department, Albany, New York 12224 (Enclose stamped ($0.18), self-addressed envelope 8 1/2 x 11 marked "Book Rate"
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