ERIC Number: ED401404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Assessing Adult Learning. A Guide for Practitioners. Professional Practices in Adult Education and Human Resource Development Series.
Moran, Joseph J.
This book is designed to help adult educators become skillful in conducting an informal assessment of learning. Chapter 1 gives a background in the basic concepts of assessment and stresses the importance of assessing the design of activities and the behaviors as well as the achievements of learners. Chapter 2 introduces the use of the planning grid for devising long-term assessment programs and describes a series of practical techniques for gathering data about learners' learning activities, behaviors, and progress. Chapter 3 describes the appropriate uses for traditional paper-and-pencil tests. It illustrates principles for planning tests and writing objective and essay questions. Chapter 4 considers scoring and interpreting test results. It concludes with a discussion of the limitations of paper-and-pencil tests. Chapter 5 describes performance assessments and highlights the complementary roles of traditional testing and performance and assessments. Chapter 6 details procedures for collecting performances and products in portfolios to display learner progress toward individual goals. Chapter 7 contains illustrations of how the strategies and tactics of informal assessment can be applied in specific adult learning settings. Chapter 8 concludes with the principles of informal assessment and how they pertain to issues that cut across all areas of adult education. Contains 27 references and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Guides, Informal Assessment, Performance Tests, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Scoring, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing
Krieger Publishing Co., P.O. Box 9542, Malabar, FL 32902 ($22.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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