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ERIC Number: ED139840
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Publication Date: 1977-Apr
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Toward Third Stream Evaluation.
Della-Piana, Gabriel M.; Endo, George T.
Third stream evaluation, the fusing of the ecological perspective with experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation design, is described. The ecological perspective necessitates that the conceptualization and analysis of a setting and the design of the study emphasize the interdependent relations among organisms, behavior and environment in systems terms. The setting in which a study is conducted must be naturalistic, and the study design should be sensitive to developmental transitions in ecological systems. Finally, there must be concern for the kinds of environment which are fit for human beings to inhabit, both for the theoretical understanding that comes from the orientation and for clues as to direction for applied environmental design. There are three catalysts necessary for the fusing of the ecological perspective and the experimental evaluation design: (1) Immersion, i.e., one must get immersed within the context and substance of phenomena to be evaluated; (2) Integrity, i.e., one must report what one sees and what others see; and (3) Polarity, i.e., for every statement of fact there must be an opposing statement if there is to be either movement or growth. Several "soundings", provocative statements which look at one stream of evaluation from the perspectives of another stream, are included. (MV)
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