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ERIC Number: ED169414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation Research and Psychology: Toward Synthesis.
Fine, Michelle; Saxe, Leonard
The extent to which evaluation research and psychology share some common objectives, methods and aims for validity is examined. The conventional dichotomy drawn between the two disciplines is seen as spurious and misleading to scholars and practitioners in each area. To demonstrate the proposed synergy between the two disciplines, an integrative model of research is presented to which a dual-level methodology combines the methods and results of traditional evaluative research and experimental social psychology. This macro-micro integrative model of research facilitates systematic program evaluation toward three ends: (1) information is generated for further theoretical understanding of the value and validity of the psychological construct underlying the program; (2) information on the operational level indicates how the theoretical construct works in practice; and (3) the on-line implementation of the construct is assessed through systematic investigation which separates construct and implementation. The dual-level methodology, in which ongoing time series data complement information generated in traditional experiments, provides information relevant to the specific situation as well as information generalizable beyond the boundaries of the program. (Author)
Department of Psychology, Boston University, 64 Cummington St., Boston, Mass. 02215
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)