ERIC Number: ED239557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Validating Assessment Techniques in an Outcome-Centered Liberal Arts Curriculum: Valuing and Communications Generic Instruments. Final Report, Research Report Number One.
Friedman, Miriam; And Others
The methodology for validating assessment techniques in a performance-based liberal arts curriculum was studied at Alverno College. Two generic instruments for assessing the competencies of "communications" and "valuing" were employed. A generic instrument is defined as one that assesses a competence level across content areas instead of using a large variety of instruments. The assessment system at the college requires students to demonstrate incremental gains while progressing through six sequential levels in each competency area. Twenty students were assessed with the generic communications instrument after 2 years of college; another 20 were assessed upon college entrance. Attention was focused on abilities in speaking, writing, listening, and reading, as well as self-assessments of performance in each mode. Eleven students were assessed with the generic valuing instrument after 2 years of college, while 20 were assessed upon college entrance. Value and moral judgments and decision-making were evaluated using written, oral, and group decision-making modes. Attention was focused on the validity of the assessment technique, along with the validity of the definition of competence. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alverno Coll., Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers: Alverno College WI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980). For related documents, see HE 016 980-990.