ERIC Number: ED342443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of General Education Knowledge and Competencies in PSY 101, Introductory Psychology.
Price, William F.; And Others
New York's North Country Community College's model of general education specifies the particular competencies that should be achieved in the college's liberal arts courses. In 1991, a study was undertaken to assess the general education competencies attained by students enrolled in Introductory Psychology. Using a pre-test/post-test design, 111 students were assessed in terms of gains in objective and subjective knowledge of psychology, critical thinking, and writing skills. A 36-item objective test of psychology knowledge, and an essay test of subjective knowledge, critical thinking, and writing ability were administered during the first and last weeks of the course. Three independent reviewers were trained to assess general education competencies as they appeared in student writing samples. Scores were given in each testing category, as well as for each answer's correctness, detail, and style. Significant increases were found for all four competencies examined. The methodology used to study general education from a course-embedded approach was successful and appears to be one which can be used with other courses across the curriculum in assessing general education competencies. A course outline is included. (Author/DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Country Community Coll., Saranac Lake, NY.