ERIC Number: ED275749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Narrative and Its Use in Evaluation. Guide Number 20. Evaluation Guides Series.
St. John, Mark
Both evaluators and storytellers pull together the events they hear and see; they create unified, coherent entities out of the parts they gather. This guide considers two levels at which the understanding of the nature and methods of narrative writing, or storytelling, can be of use to the evaluator. The highest level is to use the notion of narrative as an overall framework for an evaluation which consists of content and existents. The events are composed of action and happenings, and the existents of characters and settings. The second level considers the use of specific narrative techniques, such as vignette, dialogue, quotes, and portrayal over time. Simple guidelines outlining the qualities of effective writing--clarity, force and flavor--are given. (JAZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.
Note: For other guides in this series, see ED 253 952-954, ED 256 637-638, ED 257 629, and TM 860 663-665. Printed on colored paper.