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Evaluation Roots

Evaluation Roots
Tracing Theorists' Views and Influences

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Evaluation Theory

440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Concern for evaluation theoretical prescriptions emerged about 40 years ago, giving it a history that is both recent enough to be part of the living experience of many of today's theorists and old enough to afford an opportunity for an analysis of how the field has evolved over time. This book examines current evaluation theories and traces their evolution with the point of view that theories build upon theories and, therefore, evaluation theories are related to each other. Initially, all evaluation was derived from social science research methodology and accountability concerns. The way in which these evaluation `roots' grew to form a tree helps to provide a better understanding of evaluation theory. Thus, the book uses an evaluation theory tree as its central metaphor. The authors posit that evaluation theories can be classified by the extent to which they focus on methods, uses, or valuing; these three approaches form the major limbs of the tree. In addition to the authors' overview, which analyzes the evaluation theory tree and connections among theories, the book contains essays by most of the leading evaluation theorists. In these pieces, the evaluators comment on their own development and give their views of their placement upon the tree.
Marvin Alkin and Christina Christie
Evaluation Theory Tree Revisited
Marvin Alkin
Editor's Introduction
Marvin Alkin
Comparing Evaluation Points of View
Marvin Alkin & Christina Christie
An Evaluation Theory Tree
George Madaus
Ralph W. Tyler's Contribution to Program Evaluation
William R. Shadish & Jason K. Luellen
Donald Campbell: The Accidental Evaluator
Thomas Cook
Causal Generalization: How Campbell and Cronbach influenced the
Theoretical Thinking on this Topic in Shadish, Cook & Campbell
Robert Boruch
A Trialist's Notes on Evaluation Theory and Roots
Peter Rossi
My Views of Evaluation and Their Origins
Huey Chen
The Roots of Theory-Driven Evaluations: Current Views and Origins
Carol Weiss
Nuggets and Roots: The Cliff Notes Version of My Life in Evaluation
Jennifer Greene
The Educative Evaluator: An Interpretation of Lee J. Cronbach's
Vision of Evaluation
Michael Scriven
Views and Roots of Michael Scriven
Elliot Eisner
The Roots of Connoisseurship and Criticism: A Personal Journey
Robert Stake
Stake and Responsive Evaluation
Ernest House
Intellectual History in Evaluation
Yvonne Lincoln and Egon Guba
The Roots Of Fourth Generation Evaluation:
Theoretical And Methodological Origins
Daniel L. Stufflebeam
Evaluation Views And Roots Of Daniel L. Stufflebeam
From The Perspective of The Cipp Model For Evaluation
Joseph Wholey
Using Evaluation to Improve Performance and Support Policy
Michael Patton
The Roots of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Marvin Alkin
Context Adapted Utilization: A Personal Journey
David Fetterman
Branching Out or Standing on a Limb: Looking to Our Roots for Insight
J. Bradley Cousins
Crossing The Bridge: Toward Understanding Use Through Systematic Inquiry
Jean King
Tikun Olam" (Healing the World): The Roots of Participatory Evaluation
Hallie Preskill
The Transformational Power of Evaluation: Passion, Purpose, and Practice
John Owen
Evaluation Forms: A Framework for Expanding the Use of
Evaluative Enquiry
Marvin Alkin
Evaluation Roots

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School Of Education, Argosy University - Atlanta
June 10, 2012

Marvin C. Alkin

Marvin C. Alkin is Emeritus Professor in the Social Research Methodology Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1964 and has, at various times, served as Chair of the Education Department and Associate Dean of the school. Dr. Alkin was one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Evaluation and was its Director for 7 years. Dr. Alkin is a leading authority in the field of evaluation. He has published important research studies on the use of evaluation information in decision making and on comparative evaluation... More About Author

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