ERIC Number: ED212669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Decision Theory, Rationality, and Moral Justice. Studies in Evaluation and Decision Making, Work Unit 3: Philosophic Inquiry into Evaluation.
Ellett, Frederick S.
The concern of this essay is with issues which are involved in the likely consensus among educational researchers that a formal decision theory should be used to determine whether an educational policy--such as selection procedure--is justified. It is argued in Section I that reliance upon decision theory is unwarranted. In Section II, a characterization of the features of the decision theory approach is given, as is an explanation of why more writers are coming to endorse, or exhibit reservations about, the approach. Two of the specific applications of the decision theory which have been recommended are discussed, and criticisms of these applications are presented. Sections III and IV deal with the decision theory at a more general and abstract level. Those concerned with the criticism and evaluation of educational policy are urged to begin to investigate the strengths and limitations of various reformative (or stipulative) definitions. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.