Fourth Generation Evaluation / Edition 1

Fourth Generation Evaluation / Edition 1

by Egon G. Guba, Yvonna S. Lincoln
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803932359

ISBN-13: 9780803932357

Pub. Date: 10/01/1989

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Fourth generation evaluation represents a monumental shift in evaluation practice. The authors highlight the inherent problems faced by previous generations of evaluators - politics, ethical dilemmas, imperfections and gaps, inconclusive deductions - and blame reliance on the scientific/positivist paradigm for failure. They show how fourth generation evaluation

Overview

Fourth generation evaluation represents a monumental shift in evaluation practice. The authors highlight the inherent problems faced by previous generations of evaluators - politics, ethical dilemmas, imperfections and gaps, inconclusive deductions - and blame reliance on the scientific/positivist paradigm for failure. They show how fourth generation evaluation solves persistent problems in program evaluation, comprehensively describe the differences between the positivist and constructivist paradigms of research, and provide a practical plan of the steps and processes in conducting a fourth generation evaluation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803932357
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/01/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

The Coming of Age of Evaluation
What Is Fourth Generation Evaluation? Why Should We Choose to Practice It?
What Is this Constructivist Paradigm Anyway?
Ethics and Politics
The Twin Failures of Positivist Science
Constructions and Reconstructions of Realities
Paradigms and Methodologies
The Methodology of Fourth Generation Evaluations
Judging the Quality of Fourth Generation Evaluation
Putting It All Together so that It Spells E-V-A-L-U-A-T-I-O-N

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