ERIC Number: ED134539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Concepts and Issues Related to the Identification, Measurement and Validation of Competence.
Pottinger, Paul S.; Klemp, George O.
This report reflects experiences in the development of new conceptual frameworks for defining learning outcomes that are most desirable for effective life preparation and that emphasize the way people process and integrate information rather than how well people merely store and retrieve information. These new measures, for use in institutions of postsecondary education, must: (1) be sensitive and relevant to important learning outcomes; (2) have general significance to a wide variety of career and life outcomes; (3) have practical utility for educators; (4) be methodologically and technically innovative, e.g., utilize operant rather than respondent behaviors; and (5) be quantifiable and thus amenable to rigorous determination of reliability, validity, and meaning. Keeping in mind these concerns, innovative measures have been developed that attempt to answer the need for more operant measurement techniques to assess the factors of process, integration, and implementation. These measures are described and organized according to their particular outcome domains--cognitive, effective, or social. Of these tests and measures described, none is especially useful as a diagnostic or assessment tool in isolation. Thus, the General Integrative Model, involving the use of several of the tests and measures described, is introduced as one way of evaluating the meaningful integration of life skills. (MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Objectives, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, General Education, Liberal Arts, Measurement Instruments, Measurement Techniques, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Test Validity
McBer and Company, 137 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 ($3.50)
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Authoring Institution: McBer and Co., Boston Mass.
Note: Prepared by Institute for Competence Assessment of McBer and Co., Boston