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"...Where Angels Fear to Tread"


by Peter A. Taylor 1970

Professor Taylor's philosophic critique of evaluative behaviors continues a discussion which began seven years ago in The Record. Before evaluators go too far, he suggests, they should confront the problem of what constitutes admissible evidence, the limits of measurement itself, the social nature of practical truth, and the role of personal value-experiences in affecting descriptions of a "world." He calls, in sum, for greater attention to goals and instrumentation, both of which require evaluation. He hopes to see educational evaluators working in teams and becoming clearer about meanings, more thoughtful in making judgments, more critical of objectives. The controversy goes on "where angels fear to tread."


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 3, 1970, p. 357-370
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1785, Date Accessed: 9/22/2017 8:09:59 PM

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