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ERIC Number: ED112993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-14
Pages: 12
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The Myth of Rational Evaluation.
Losak, John
A management by objectives approach to evaluation develops performance objectives as a means of minimizing the bias related to individual judgment. This paper focuses on three variables which contribute to the presence of subjectivity in performance evaluation. The first of these is psychological and includes such factors as judgment, power relationships, and the influence of rumor. If "getting along with others," a category which can only be judged subjectively, is omitted as a performance objective, assessment is neglected on the criterion most often at the heart of dismissal. Judgment also enters the evaluation process when performance objectives are being set, and when assessing how well the administrator has achieved his objectives. The second variable which contributes to subjectivity is the atmosphere of the college. Socioeconomic and political variables must provide adequate time for the long and demanding evaluation process, and the atmosphere of the college must favor those who participate. Third, factors external to the college, e.g., laws which mandate achievement of balance in ethnic or sex categories, and supply and demand of administrators play a subtle , but significant, role in reducing objectivity. (NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Seattle, Washington, April 13-16, 1975)