ERIC Number: ED248553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Is Subjective Judgment a Valid Means of Assessing Students' Communication Behavior?
Beall, Melissa L.
Using the premises that all communication efforts inside and outside the classroom setting are evaluated in some form and that teachers must use subjective judgment at least some of the time in measuring communication behavior, this report reaffirms the benefits of objective judgment and at the same time makes a case for subjective judgment as a necessary evaluation tool. The report first explains the paucity of information regarding the evaluation of communication acts that follow guidelines of the National Project on Speech Communication Competencies. It next describes the lack of evaluative instruments available to test comprehensive speaking and listening skills, and discusses how educators were forced to devise their own. Third, it examines several viewpoints stating that for various reasons communication skills assessment should be conducted by teachers in classroom situations. It then argues that teachers, because of their daily contact with students, are better qualified and able to assess a student's progress than are outside observers. The appendixes contain material taken from the "Target: Communication Skills" curriculum guide, and include a list of elements critical to program success, achievement indicators for kindergarten through grade 3, and grades 10 through grade 12, and student assessment record forms for communication skills in kindergarten through grade 3 and in grade 12. (CRH)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Holistic Evaluation, Objective Tests, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Speech Communication, Speech Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 12-14, 1984).