Fourth Generation Evaluation / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803932357
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,367,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

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Yvonna S. Lincoln is Professor of Higher Education and Educational Administration at Texas A & M University. She is author, coauthor, or editor of such books as Naturalistic Inquiry and Fourth Generation Evaluation (both with Egon G. Guba), and Organizational Theory and Inquiry. Vice President of Division J (Postsecondary Education) of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Lincoln formerly served as president of the American Evaluation Association and is the recipient of many prestigious awards. Dr. Lincoln coedited, with Dr. Denzin, the Handbook of Qualitative Research.

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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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