ERIC Number: ED283805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
An Exploration of Alternative Assessment Methods for the Field of Education: From the Fields of Law and Medicine.
Paule, Lynde; Murray, Stephen L.
As a precursor to making recommendations for more effective assessment methods for teacher certification, an examination is made of the professions of law and medicine. Specifically, the examination covers the relationship between training programs and the methods employed for evaluating prospective lawyers and doctors to ensure that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice their professions. It is concluded that medicine's attempt to develop a Comprehensive Qualifying Examination that will comprehensively assess students is readily transportable to the field of education. It is also pointed out that the legal field's success with developing a performance assessment measure as part of its qualifying examination demonstrates that areas once thought to be outside the realm of paper/pencil tests are subject to feasible, valid, and reliable assessment. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Alternative Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Legal Education (Professions), Medical Education, Performance Based Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Curriculum
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Assessment and Evaluation Program.