ERIC Number: ED174649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Measurement of Academic Competence.
Warren, Jonathan R.
Faculty from fifteen colleges developed open-ended questions to assess group competence in four areas of learning associated with general education--communication skill, analytic thinking, synthesizing ability, and social/cultural awareness. A secondary purpose was to determine faculty expectations for learning in the general education component of bachelor's degrees and to compare the effects of different forms of general education curricula. The questions were scored by the faculty by sorting responses into four to seven categories, each indicating a different way students may not reach a completely successful response. Results are reported for the final forty-seven questions administered and for a subset of thirty-two considered most valid as a measure of student performance. The questions can be scored with acceptable levels of interrater reliability and answered within the time requirement of ten minutes per question. To combine results from several questions into inferences about performance with respect to a common competence, however, requires evidence that the questions do in fact measure the same competence. Since evidence of that was not present, comparisons of faculty expectations and curricular forms were not possible. (Author/CP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Basic Skills, Cognitive Processes, College Faculty, Communication Skills, Competency Based Education, General Education, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Research Reports, Response Style (Tests), Scoring, Teacher Participation, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Timed Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Berkeley, CA.