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ERIC Number: ED462416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 18
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The Rigidity and Comfort of Habits: A Cultural and Philosophical Analysis of the Ups and Downs of Mainstreaming Evaluation.
Grudens-Schuck, Nancy
Mainstreaming evaluation requires establishing aesthetic and ethical frameworks, as well as knowledge and skills, that make "doing" evaluation seem like the right thing. Evaluators and others have worked hard to institute evaluation as a prudent activity for society to support. The phenomenon of mainstreaming itself, however, poses challenges to good evaluation practice. Stories from program evaluation research in North America and Indonesia in the areas of conservation and natural resource management illustrate the ways in which comforts and rigidities associated with mainstreamed evaluation processes may frustrate high quality evaluation. The stories are couched in neo-pragmatist analysis of the phenomenon of habits (i.e., settled knowledge, cultural ethos) using theories developed by Kurt Lewin, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty on the nature of stasis and change. Adult education theories related to changing adults' view are introduced as important to the concept of change, which mirrors the concept of main-streaming in this context. A cultural anthropological view further suggests that evaluation can grow to have strikingly different meanings in other settings, complicating the idea of mainstreaming as a preferred steady state. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia; North America