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ERIC Number: ED258991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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The Evaluation Principles of Ralph W. Tyler: Rationale for the Field of Program Evaluation.
Vernazza, Martha Elin
There is a need for a set of organizing principles that will provide a clear rationale for the field of program evaluation. It is contended that the concept of evaluation promoted by Ralph W. Tyler, pioneer in the field, suggests such a set of principles. Data were derived from a two-year prescriptive case study of Tyler's contributions through six decades. Methodologies included historical inquiry, interviewing, participant observation, and methodological and data triangulation. Comparative analysis was employed throughout data analysis and reporting processes. The six principles underlying Tyler's approach were: recurrence, purpose, helpfulness, credibility, positive focus, and reality. All six principles serve the primary purpose which the literature prescribes for evaluation: to help improve programs. Appendices include: the design of the study, a comparative analysis of procedures, and a linkage of assumption seven with each of the six Tyler principles. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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