Description - Fourth Generation Evaluation by Egon G. Guba
Fourth generation evaluation represents a monumental shift in evaluation practice. The authors of this book point to the inherent problems faced by previous generations of evaluators - politics, ethical dilemmas, fuzzy data, inconclusive conclusions - and lay the blame for failure and non-utilization at the feet of the unquestioned reliance on the scientific/positivist paradigm of research. They show how fourth generation evaluation - based on relativism and qualititative methodology - solves the persistent problems in programme evaluation. The text contains a description of the differences between the positivist and constructivist paradigms of research, and provides a practical plan of the steps and processes in conducting a fourth generation evaluation.
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Author Biography - Egon G. Guba
(Retired) 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.