ERIC Number: ED260492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adversary and Committee Hearings as Evaluation Methods. Paper and Report Series, No. 110. Interim Draft.
Smith, Nick L.
Empirical literature on two types of hearings, and their applicability in evaluating educational programs, is reviewed. An introduction describes the use and nature of hearings and distinguishes adversary hearings, in which two parties argue opposing sides of an issue, from committee hearings, in which a variety of positions are presented to a panel of decision-makers. Adversary hearings, the type primarily used in evaluation, are the main focus of the paper. Following a brief overview of literature on adversary hearings, the discussion covers strengths of the adversarial approach, hearing procedures (including a table illustrating basic steps and variations), applications (including a table showing recent uses of adversary hearings in evaluation), and problems and limitations of the approach. Committee hearings and their uses, for which much less literature is available, are then briefly examined. The paper concludes that (1) adversary hearings effectively involve large groups in complex issues, and (2) committee hearings "might provide some of the benefits of adversarial hearings without the same problems," and (3) "much more public trial, testing, and revision are needed" for both hearing types. (MCG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.