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ERIC Number: ED127275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 51
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Alternative Evaluation Research Paradigm.
Patton, Michael Quinn
This monograph is one of a continuing series initiated to provide materials for teachers, parents, school administrators, and governmental decision-makers that might encourage reexamination of a range of evaluation issues and perspectives about schools and schooling. This monograph is a description and analysis of two contrasting paradigms: one that now dominates the field of evaluation research, practiced by the great majority of academic researchers in education and the social sciences; and another, the "alternative paradigm," which has been ignored. The two paradigms are outlined by a set of dichotomies to facilitate analysis and discussion: (1) qualitative vs. quantitative methodology; (2) validity vs. reliability; (3) subjectivity vs. objectivity; (4) closeness to vs. distance from the data; (5) holistic vs. component analysis; (6) process vs. outcome evaluation; (7) uniqueness vs. generalization; and (8) research for practitioners vs. research for scientists. Each of these contributes one chapter to the total of 12. They are preceded by an introduction and followed by a chapter of conclusions and a bibliography. (DMT)
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Books
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Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation, Grand Forks.