ERIC Number: ED199273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Experiential Learning in Career Education.
Spirer, Janet E.
Types of assessment, five assessment techniques, and issues related to assessing experiential learning in career education are discussed. The following six points should be considered before an assessment program begins: (1) assumptions; (2) goals; (3) outcomes; (4) learning environment; (5) role of assessors; and (6) focus. Two basic types of assessment are performance assessment (assessing an experience at it occurs) and outcome assessment (evaluating the result or end product of learning). The primary difference between performance assessment and outcome assessment is when the assessment occurs. The same techniques may be used for both types. Five assessment techniques include direct assessment, self assessment, work sample, simulation, and paper and pencil tests. Before selecting one or a combination of assessment techniques, triangulation (verification of the information obtained) and types of program outcomes should be considered. Experiential learning programs have multiple outcomes such as job skill development, career development, and personal growth. In addition, other factors such as level of realism desired, costs, time available and staff available must be considered when designing the assessment scheme. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Paper and Pencil Tests
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).