ERIC Number: ED199262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Issues Involved in Evaluating Special Programs for Minorities: (A Case In Point -- Evaluation of a Campus Learning Center).
Christian, Walter E., Jr.
Political and social issues surrounding the evaluation of a campus learning center are examined and discussed. Issues with which the program evaluator should be aware when attempting to objectively evaluate special service programs for minorities are outlined. Special emphasis is placed on methodology and skills needed to select, as well as collect, essential information for program improvement. In addition, the following specific characteristics necessary to be a "culturally skilled evaluator" are outlined: (1) an awareness of his or her own values and bias and how they may affect objectivity and judgment of a program; (2) a good understanding of the sociopolitical system's operation in the United States with respect to its treatment of minorities; (3) a possession of specific knowledge and information about the particular groups he/she is working with; (4) a sensitivity to personal biases and sociopolitical influences which may necessitate referral of an evaluation to a member of a minority culture; and (5) a clear and explicit knowledge and understanding of the generic characteristic of program evaluation. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Evaluation Network Conference (6th, Memphis, TN, September 22-27, 1980).