ERIC Number: ED127275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Educational Research, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Social Science Research
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation, Grand Forks.