ERIC Number: ED152809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Perception-Based Model of Program Evaluation: A Values Oriented Theory.
Kunkel, Richard C.; Tucker, Susan A.
Personnel at Saint Louis University's Department of Education have been theorizing, researching, and enlarging an approach to program evaluation that focuses heavily on the place of values in making judgments. This work originally stemmed from general curriculum evaluative theory developed by James H. McElhinney and Richard C. Kunkel. The content of the theory presented here contains: arguments for a theory of evaluation with explicit quality criteria; some quality criteria currently part of the perception-based model; a statement of the theory and operational paradigm; some polemics developing as the theory is being applied; and a brief section summarizing the theory's applications. In the perception-based model of evaluation proposed, certain value criteria are not open to negotiation in the sense that along with accepting the evaluator personally, the primary audience must accept five quality criteria inherent in the model. The model assumes a values-oriented evaluation encompassing the following criteria: holism, helpfulness toward program improvement, evaluator vulnerability, acceptance of both hard (observable) and soft (subjective) data sources, and facilitation of planning a program's future. Additional quality criteria are negotiated with individual audiences. (Author/MV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (61st, New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)