ERIC Number: ED229405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
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Applicability of Standards for Evaluations of Educational Programs, Projects and Materials in an International Setting: Qualitative Research.
Dockrell, W. B.
This paper is devoted to an analysis of the "Standards for Evaluation of Educational Programs, Projects, and Materials" as they apply to qualitative data. The most difficult ethical problem arises from the conflict between the right to privacy of research subjects and the right to know of audiences. There are two technical points in the standards document which should be amplified. The first concerns the verification of data: the need to specify procedures to ensure credibility for qualitative studies. The second concern is the specification of quantitative techniques for the analysis of qualitative data: the need to define more clearly the steps that should be taken to ensure that qualitative data can be tested rigorously. Finally there is the problem of collusion, the danger that the qualitative evaluator will select from his material the data which is in conformity with his own predilictions or presuppositions, the expectations of his audience, or the requirements of his sponsors. This problem may be acute in some parts of the world. To be of maximum international value the standards report needs to be extended and to pay much greater attention to problems arising with qualitative evaluation. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Edinburgh)