ERIC Number: ED214972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation: Past, Present and Future: Phi Delta Kappa Occasional Paper 17.
Gephart, William J.
This synthesis of the evaluation process in education presents a matrix illustrating the dimension of a continuum of models in their degree of relationship to a decision made. A second dimension categorizes models by their described process components. Extant models are seen as basically the same in slightly different language, and their proliferation as making the task of learning about evaluation too complex. To complement models to each other and enhance evaluation, it is suggested models be labeled by their characteristics. In a continuum of models, evaluation's relationship to decision-making is given. Categories of describing several models are discussed by their general nature, problem-solving strategies, and the activities in the processes. Products or outcomes of model activities and assessment criteria are additional categories. The past and future of evaluation and various problems are surveyed. Stated needs are: changes to improve the conceptual base of the field, effective meaningfulness to other education elements, and the training of evaluation personnel. Also included are lists of references and related titles of occasion papers. (CM)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Models
Phi Delta kappa, Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN. Center on Evaluation and Research.