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ERIC Number: ED409352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 29
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Assessing Thoughtfulness: A New Paradigm.
Conrad, Linda
Educators are beginning to look at authentic assessment as a valid alternative to standardized tests and traditional objective tests. Although authentic assessment means different things to different people, it is understood to focus on whether or not students can use the skills and strategies they have learned and apply them in appropriate situations. Two important tools for authentic assessment are learning logs and reflective journals kept by students. To use these tools appropriately, educators should keep in mind the multiple intelligences identified by Howard Gardner (1983). Successful use of any authentic assessment approach requires specific criteria for the assignment developed by the teacher and students, along with examples that show students acceptable performance and opportunities to engage in higher order thinking. Likert scales, other evaluative scales, and descriptive scales are other tools that can be used in authentic assessment. Among the variety of other assessment tools for authentic assessment is the observation checklist, which focuses on the process more than on the final product. Students need to learn to regard both process and product, but no one strategy for assessment is best. The tools discussed in this paper help students monitor their own learning and internalize the process of learning and evaluation. (Contains 9 figures and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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