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ERIC Number: ED214988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Fairness in Qualitative Evaluation: Some Implications for Educational Evaluators.
Fairbairn, Kerry
The implications of the concept of fairness, to the level of the day-to-day business of the educational evaluator is explored. Section 2 presents a brief critical examination of the notion of objectivity in evaluation, and introduces the concept of fairness as an alternative focus for qualitative evaluation. In Section 3, there is a discussion of the ways in which the notion of fairness might be applied when an evaluation is being conducted. The issues addressed in this section include selecting the general style of the evaluation, formulating the questions to be answered, deciding on the sources of information, selecting methods for information collection, analyzing the information collected, and reporting the findings. The focus of Section 4 is the implications of adopting a"fairness" approach, for funding bodies and policy makers; for program participants and for evaluators. Some cost implications are also discussed. Finally, Section 5 draws together some conclusions about the use of a "fairness" criterion in educational evaluation. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.