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ERIC Number: EJ817604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
The Oral History of Evaluation: The Professional Development of Daniel L. Stufflebeam
Miller, Robin Lin; King, Jean; Mark, Melvin
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n4 p555-571 2008
Over the past 6 years, the Oral History Project Team has conducted interviews with individuals who have influenced the theory and practice of evaluation. In 2006, Robin Miller, with the help of Christian Coryn of The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University (WMU), and Daniela Schroeter, also at the Center, sat down with widely regarded theorist and practitioner Daniel L. Stufflebeam to explore the evolution of his ideas on evaluation. Stufflebeam's contributions to evaluation scholarship are many. He chaired the national Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation during its first 13 years and was the principal author of the original editions of the "Program Evaluation Standards" and the "Personnel Evaluation Standards." He also directed the federally supported national Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE). This article presents the edited transcript of Stufflebeam's interview wherein he highlights the influence of colleagues including the late Egon Guba, in shaping his career. He also describes his vision for the role that evaluation centers might play in maintaining a dynamic and leading edge interdisciplinary approach to training in evaluation scholarship and practice. Training emerges as a prominent organizing theme in his career. He sought training whenever he encountered a problem that he was unable to solve. When no training was available, he developed standards, frameworks, and checklists for himself and others to deal with real-world problems in evaluation. For him, high-quality training provides the foundation for the healthy future of evaluation.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act