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ERIC Number: ED378574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Portfolio Assessment, English Majors, and Curriculum Development.
Frick, Jane
The English major at Missouri Western State College has five separate emphases. The English education and English literature emphases are traditional majors with required courses in literature, language and composition. The other emphases are technical communications, public relations, and writing. Since the state recently started requiring public higher education institutions to institute major exit exams, instructors at Missouri state have had to devise testing methods for each of the five English major emphases. For the literature and English education emphases, the department has adopted a commercially available nationally-normed test for major assessment--the ETS English Literature Test. No standardized tests are available for the other emphases. For these, a portfolio system of assessment has been adopted. Faculty agreed that each portfolio should include: (1) a professional resume; (2) a reflective essay of self-assessment; and (3) several writing pieces from major courses. For each of the emphases these requirements have been tailored slightly. For the technical communications portfolio, for instance, students must include three reviews of their work which are to be written at various points over their college career. The public relations and writing portfolios use a "course approach" in designating pieces for the portfolio. One writing project must have been written for a literature course, another for their internship, others from journalism courses. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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