ERIC Number: EJ574582
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1998
An Evaluation of Michael Scriven's "Minimalist Theory: The Least Theory that Practice Requires."
Trochim, William M. K.
American Journal of Evaluation, v19 n2 p243-49 Sum 1998
Summarizes the points made by M. Scriven and adds some evaluative comments by the present author. Scriven's notion of minimalist evaluation is given a strong "thumbs-up," but his definition of evaluation receives a "thumbs-down" for not standing up to close scrutiny. The checklist methodology Scriven proposes is endorsed enthusiastically. (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Comments on a plenary address at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association by Michael Scriven, "Minimalist Theory: The Least Theory that Practice Requires," American Journal of Evaluation; v19 n1 p57-70 1998.