The Friday Funny: What happens when recommendations for practice don’t actually involve learning

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Have you ever had the experience of trying to do something that you really don’t understand?

Then you may be able to relate to the cute and hilarious struggles of this little ballerina in this video from Ann Oneil (thanks to Chris Giffard for sharing it).

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The Friday Funny: Acceptance of evaluative conclusions

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It was Michael Scriven‘s birthday this week, which is a fine time to introduce our Friday Funny with a short quote from the Evaluation Thesaurus, which lists the following entry. As evaluators, we are all familiar with this phenomenon in our work or everyday lives, in one form or another:

KILL THE MESSENGER (phenomenon)

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Evaluation on autopilot – Environment Protection Agency,Victoria

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Photo: Joe Armao (The Age)

What’s worse than no evaluation? An evaluation that is wrong but you think is right.

Organizations that provide authoratitive evaluations have an obligation to meet high standards of accuracy and consistency. It is therefore hard to believe the series of events that led to Victoria’s Environmental Protection Agency

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The Friday Funny – which one of these two is the evaluator?

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As the end of the year rushes up relentlessly, we thought this week we would share a simple story about the gap between words and deeds, and between receiving information and acting on it.

The question is “Which one of these is the evaluator?”

Charlie bit my finger – again

Sincerity in evaluation – highlights and lowlights

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Principles of Genuine Evaluation

When we set out to explore the notion of ‘Genuine Evaluation’, we identified 5 important aspects of it:

VALUE-BASED -transparent and defensible values (criteria of merit and worth and standards of performance) EMPIRICAL – credible evidence about what has happened and what has caused this, USABLE

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