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ERIC Number: ED378218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Senior Project: Authentic Assessment at Hodgson Vocational/Technical High School. A Series on Authentic Assessment and Accountability.
Ancess, Jacqueline; Darling-Hammond, Linda
Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, New Castle County (Delaware), has recently converted from being a shared-time vocational center to being a full-time academic-vocational-technical school. As part of its restructuring, the school instituted a Senior Project, a three-part authentic assessment that combines a research paper, a shop product, and a public, formal, oral presentation. Students select a faculty advisor at the end of their junior year, and the student and advisor work together to orchestrate student progress through the project in a way similar to a dissertation process. The project supports a number of authentic teaching and learning opportunities as it encourages integrated vocational and academic learning. An intellectual component is added to traditional competence- and performance-based vocational assessment. Its most powerful lesson is that work should be meaningful rather than perfunctory. An appendix presents a sample student paper. (Contains 3 references.) (SLD)
NCREST, Box 110, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($8).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Leon Lowenstein Foundation, New York, NY.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Aaron Diamond Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers Coll. National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.