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ERIC Number: ED170369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Basic Considerations in Assessing the Validity of Evaluation Designs.
Lindvall, C. Mauritz
Evaluation studies on educational questions attempt to provide answers in the form of conclusions or inferences which are derived from the information collected. Valid inferences are a result of careful research design for the study, and may be causal, descriptive, value-oriented, or probabilistic. Basic steps in designing an evaluation study are suggested: (1) developing examples of each type of inference which will result; (2) identifying major components of each inference; (3) specifying the validity concerns of each component; and (4) planning the study so that inferences will be defensible against claims of invalidity. Types of validity applicable to evaluation studies include content validity, construct validity, internal validity, population validity, and ecological validity. (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)