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David Fetterman
Director of MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program
School of Education, Stanford University

David M. Fetterman is a member of the faculty and the director of the MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program in the School of Education at Stanford University. He was formerly professor and research director at the California Institute of Integral Studies; principal research scientist at the American Institutes for Research; and a senior associate and project director at RMC Research Corporation. He received his PhD from Stanford University. Fetterman is a past-president of the American Evaluation Association and the American Anthropological Association's Council on Anthropology and Education.

Fetterman has taught online for over seven years in an online PhD program and in classrooms at Stanford University, complementing face-to-face instruction. Fetterman writes about teaching online and videoconferencing on the Internet in journals ranging from Educational Researcher to Practicing Anthropology. He maintains an American Evaluation Association division mailing list for collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation. Fetterman was recently appointed to the American Educational Research Association's Telecommunications Committee, advising the association in this area.

Although he is recognized for his contributions to the development of ethnographic evaluation, his most recent efforts have focused on developing empowerment evaluation — to help people help themselves. He has used this approach throughout the United States and in South Africa.

Fetterman has been elected a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. He received the Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice — the American Evaluation Association's highest honor.

Fetterman is the general editor for Garland Publication's Studies in Education and Culture series. He has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias, including the International Encyclopedia of Education and the Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence. He is also the author of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability, Speaking the Language of Power: Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy, Ethnography: Step by Step, Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation in Education: The Silent Scientific Revolution, Excellence and Equality: A Qualitatively Different Perspective on Gifted and Talented Education, Educational Evaluation: Ethnography in Theory, Practice, and Politics, and Ethnography in Educational Evaluation.

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