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ERIC Number: ED161938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-29
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Can Meta-Evaluation Give a Direction for Research on Evaluation?
Gowin, D. Bob; Millman, Jason
Describing evaluation in three tiers (the events or objects that are the subject of evaluation, the reports and other documents about that subject, and the analysis of those documents), this report focuses on the third tier, meta-evaluation. The crux of evaluation is the concept of value, having five major forms of value claims: the intrinsic claim that something is good, the instrumental claim that it is useful, the comparative claim that it is better than something else, the decision claim that it should be chosen, and the idealization claim that it could be better. Each kind of claim requires a different appropriate analysis. Valuing is defined as a caring relationship between persons and objects. Evaluation criteria develop as a consequence of disciplined inquiry; the subject matter studied and the criteria used influence each other. Three procedures are suggested as aids for meta-evaluation. One is the use of standards; another is the use of a checklist. The third is the use of a set of five questions: What is the significant question of the study and its assumptions? What is it about? What methods were used? What answers were given? And what is the conceptual structure of the work? (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 29, 1978)