ERIC Number: ED345206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Evaluating Student Learning in Language Arts in the Primary Grades through Whole Language Assessment Techniques.
Hyde, Diana DeShazo
A practicum sought to measure and document real learning in natural circumstances through the use of whole language assessment techniques involving observation checklists on which skills for the language arts (writing, spelling, reading) were listed. Skills were measured using descriptor words such as "stable,""evident," and "not evident" in order to plot a student's progress in literacy development in a positive way. A reading behavior form was also included. This classified students into one of three learning groups, according to the answers given to a list of seven questions; emphasis was on behavior and learning style. These alternative assessment forms were collected in a simplified seven-page booklet format for each student. Not only could the student's skills be assessed quickly through check marks in the appropriate columns, but his or her style of learning was also included in the booklet. Results indicated that teachers who used the Observation Checklist preferred this type of assessment to the report card format, and found instructional decisions easier to make when using these forms. (Two tables of data are included; 37 references and 7 appendixes--containing a questionnaire, the checklists, the reading behavior form, and learning activities handouts--are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Behavior
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Some supplementary material may not reproduce clearly.