ERIC Number: ED237651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Computer Aided Profiling. A Case Study at the North Warwickshire College of Technology and Art. An Occasional Paper.
The North Warwickshire (England) College of Technology and Art created student profiles of students enrolled in a precaring course, a one-year course conceived as an introduction to work in the caring field for young people of low academic achievement. It was decided that a master profile should be created to cover all low-level courses across the college. Subjects were split into their component parts and skills, and for each objective, four levels of achievement were defined by a concise statement of what a student could reasonably be expected to do. (Four levels, from low to high, were chosen for ease of measurement and feasibility.) Staff wrote the descriptors in positive terms emphasizing what could be done by the student at each of the four levels. As far as possible, the descriptors were capable of being objectively tested and written in language understandable to students. The descriptors were put into a checklist scheme that could be used by instructors for student evaluation. Scores (from 1 to 4) for students on each objective were fed into a minicomputer program that printed out the program for each student. These profiles were used for end-of-the-term assessment of the students (although the profiles were to be used monthly in later courses). Students reacted favorably to use of the profiles. Some said they were "amazed at all they could do." Using a computer made the profile program possible, and it was concluded that such a program is useful and feasible, but that a close liaison between the director of the project and the computer staff who are actually programming the operation is necessary. (Directions for programming the profiles are given in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Records, Allied Health Occupations, Behavior Rating Scales, Behavioral Objectives, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Evaluation Methods, Minicomputers, Postsecondary Education, Profiles, Student Evaluation, Student Records, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).