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ERIC Number: EJ946609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Making the Case for the Humanities in Evaluation Training
Smith, Deborah A.
New Directions for Evaluation, n131 p15-20 Fall 2011
The author argues that evaluators who are comfortable with the interpretation of competing values--an ability that can be fostered by exposure to the humanities--might be able to contribute significant advances toward finding a better balance of methodologies in an ever-more-ambiguous world. This argument is made by describing a humanities-informed evaluation graduate course. Black-and-white worldviews and one-size-fits-all solutions are hard to reconcile in evaluation environments increasingly characterized by multiculturalism, complexity, and uncertainty. The author reflects on the place of value judgments in the graduate education of future evaluators, not as something to avoid, but as an opportunity to improve needed skills. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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