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ERIC Number: ED292831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 13
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The Illusion of Independence in Evaluation.
Wall, Terry Cobb
Values and beliefs underlying assumptions concerning the independent evaluations of persons and programs involved in the educational process are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on M. Scriven's treatise on bias in evaluation (1976). Works by E. R. House, R. E. Stake, L. Stenhouse, M. Parlett and D. Hamilton, and D. L. Stufflebeam are also considered. Independence in evaluation is valued on the basis of shielding the observer from sources of bias and enhancing the observer's credibility as an evaluator. Issues of objectivity and intersubjectivity are central to any analysis of the enterprise of evaluation. Other issues of concern include assumptions underlying the empirical-analytic paradigm, behavioral measures, differences distinguishing program evaluation and program development, experimental and psychometric traditions, and illuminative evaluation. (TJH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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