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ERIC Number: EJ897673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Eyes on the Prize: Multicultural Validity and Evaluation Theory
Kirkhart, Karen E.
American Journal of Evaluation, v31 n3 p400-413 Sep 2010
Examining evaluation theory in cultural context is an important component of evaluating theory; however, it is not the ultimate goal. The foundational element in good evaluation is validity, and appreciating the cultural location of evaluation theory is an important building block in the argument supporting multicultural validity. Multicultural validity requires congruence between theory and context. This article first addresses validity as the foundational aspiration of all evaluation, then moves to a succinct discussion of culture. Suggestions for reflecting on the cultural location of evaluation theory and cultural dimensions of context are described, illustrated by three different approaches to establishing cultural congruence--Indigenous Evaluation Framework (IEF), Talent Development (TD) Model, and Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE). Closing comments return to validity as the fundamental prize and to the centrality of culture in supporting it. (Contains 2 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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