ERIC Number: ED402992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-25
Educating the Work Force for the 21st Century.
Cross, K. Patricia
Since community colleges play such a key role in meeting the needs for workforce development as well as open access to education, considerable pressure is placed on the colleges to demonstrate their effectiveness. Recently, the focus of assessment in community colleges has shifted from gathering data that legislators and accrediting agencies want to collecting data needed by the college itself to improve quality. This shift recognizes that teachers and students are the legitimate audience of assessment research, since they are directly responsible for the quality of learning. While students are rarely involved in the assessment process beyond their function as subjects, growing numbers of teachers have involved them in the learning process, adopting active, student-centered forms of instruction. To ensure that feedback is received from students, Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) have been developed involving students and teachers in collaborative assessment of classroom learning. The most well-known CAT is the minute paper, in which students evaluate what they learned at the end of each class. To understand the results obtained from such exercises, teachers should employ classroom research, or the systematic study of students in the process of learning. This research should be embedded in the regular work of the class and should lead directly to changes in the practice of teaching. Contains 13 references. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Community College Workforce Development Conference sponsored by the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (Charlotte, NC, November 3-5, 1996). Cover title varies.