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The logic of a subject concerns such matters as its definition and the definitions of its major concepts, the nature of its relations with other subjects, the rules of inference that operate within it and in applying it, and logical disputes about these matters. What follows is a rather condensed treatment of some of these matters. It should be noted that these issues are not of merely academic interest because from them there follow many practical conclusions—for example, about what training is appropriate for evaluators, what kind of insurance coverage they need, how other disciplines can contribute to and can learn from them, and so on.

The Definition of Evaluation

Synthesizing the dictionary definitions of evaluation and an evaluation yields this: “determining the merit, worth, or significance ...

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