Educating for intelligent belief in evaluation

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We are facing a rather worrying brew of developments affecting practical intellectual life in modern society and the very well-being of society itself. These developments threaten to degrade the central role that the cognitive endeavor, known as reasoned evaluative criticism, plays in the achievement, maintenance, and enhancement of the good society. In this climate, we cannot simply teach about the ways and means of doing evaluation; we must also convey the idea of evaluation as a practical, intellectual disposition and outlook on social and political life. In sum, there is a pressing need to educate both aspiring evaluators and the citizenry for intelligent belief in evaluation. This article discusses several components of such a belief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation purpose
  • Evaluation theory
  • Evidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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