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ERIC Number: EJ813069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 5
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ISSN: ISSN-0191-491X
Evaluation Theory Tree Re-Examined
Christie, Christina A.; Alkin, Marvin C.
Studies in Educational Evaluation, v34 n3 p131-135 Sep 2008
When examining various evaluation prescriptive theories comparatively, we find it helpful to have a framework showing how they are related that highlights features that distinguish theoretical perspectives, thus a "theory" about theories. The evaluation theory tree that we presented in Alkin's recent book, "Evaluation Roots" [Eisner, E. (2004). The roots of connoisseurship and criticism: A personal journey. In M. Alkin (Ed.), "Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists' views and influences." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y., (2004). The roots of fourth generation evaluation: Theoretical and methodological origins. In M. Alkin (Ed.), "Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists' views and influences." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Stake, R. (2004). Stake and responsive evaluation. In M. Alkin (Ed.), "Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists' views and influences." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Wholey, J. S. (2004). Using evaluation to improve performance and support policy decision making. In M. Alkin (Ed.), "Evaluation roots: Tracing theorists' views and influences." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage], is such a framework. Just as theorists modify their views over time, in this paper we suggest modifications to the theory tree presented in the Roots book, including a repositioning of a few theorists, the addition of theorists, and a reconceptualization of the valuing branch. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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