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ERIC Number: ED362304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Valuing Students: Rethinking Evaluation.
Smith, Kathy; Parsons, Jim
This article discusses the meaning of evaluation for teachers and students, reasons for evaluating students, and evaluative methods teachers might use. First, three principles of evaluation are presented: students should know the criteria for judging good and bad work; every student should have an opportunity to succeed at one type of evaluation; and students should receive immediate feedback. Next, the following five reasons for conducting evaluations are presented: (1) to diagnose student problems and skill levels; (2) to gather evidence for report cards; (3) to encourage students' self-improvement; (4) to report to parents about student progress; and (5) to tell students how much they already know. Next, ongoing formative evaluation is recommended to assure students that assignments are important and encourage them to take school work seriously. Dilemmas posed by constant evaluation are also considered. The next section suggests methods of: (1) assessing knowledge and comprehension though student-created review games and rap songs; (2) assessing the application of skills through student presentations and the preparation of job applications for historical or literary characters; (3) assessing higher-level thinking skills through student portfolios and student newspapers or newspaper articles; and (4) assessing critical thinking by allowing students to decide goals and become teachers. Next, journals, conferences, and presentations are discussed as other evaluation methods. Concluding comments advocate an expanded perception of evaluation. (AC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A