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Towards an Evaluation Model: A Systems Approach

Aug 1967

Marvin C. Alkin

It is the function of this paper to specify, both by verbal and figurative representation (in the form of a model), the nature of what this author feels should be observed and judged in evaluating instructional programs.

Evaluation is defined as “The process of first identifying and quantifying the relationships between student inputs and educational outputs, and determining the combination of mediating factors which maximizes the educational outputs, given a constant financial input and controlling for the effects of external systems.” The paper is primarily a discussion and amplification of the above definition.

Alkin, M. C. (1967). Towards an evaluation model: A systems approach (CSE Report 43). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Study of Evaluation.