ERIC Number: ED206680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Legal Education as a Model for the Education of Evaluators. Research on Evaluation Program Paper and Report Series.
Caulley, Darrel N.; Dowdy, Irene
The potential for using case examples in the education of evaluators is paralleled to the legal case method of instruction currently used in the education of law students. Ways in which such cases are used in instruction are discussed. Types of information an evaluation case history might contain are then documented and the QUEMAC acronym is presented as a model of this. QUEMAC is comprised of a series of six points that should be incorporated in an evaluation: questions (issues); unquestioned assumptions (principles); event/object evaluated (case facts); answers/claims (decisions); concepts/conceptual structure (legal principles). Legal case history parallels appear in parenthesis. This model also requires the inclusion of procedural history for evaluation purposes. Three essential devices of the case method of instruction are discussed in terms of how they might be applied to the education of evaluators: (1) case-book; (2) student class participation; (3) problem-type examination items. In conclusion, it is suggested that implementation of such an instructional method may prove difficult since no system exists whereby evaluation case histories are written up, and the exposition of the logic underlying an evaluation is rarely given in an evaluation report. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.