ERIC Number: ED412587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
How Golden West College Is Addressing Pedagogical, Assessment, and Accountability Concerns through Integrated Spoken Communication Labs.
Flores, Norma Landa
This paper describes how results of the Golden West College Speech Department's program review led to the alignment of performance-based communication prerequisite and outcome expectations for: student placement recommendation; consistency of course curriculum and sequencing; measures of content-based competencies; and measures of performance-based criteria. Oral communication lab experiences can be coordinated, supervised, and monitored for pre-mainstream speech courses instilling functional communication skills for non-native speakers. Also, the report shows what the alignment of prerequisite and outcomes expectations can do to coordinate interrelated mainstream classroom communication skills through the development of course specific skills demonstration assessment forms used by peer assessors in the Speech Communication Center to assess skills in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and principles of communication. Finally, the paper points out that using performance-based criteria guarantees bias free "goodness of fit" assessment measures. Golden West College has discovered that assessors can avoid cultural bias by using the concept of "goodness of fit" to the context as the criteria to measure the appropriateness of the speaker's verbal and nonverbal behaviors in the coordinated/integrated oral communication lab settings. Contains 23 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Laboratories, Performance Based Assessment, Speech Communication, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Golden West College Speech Center, Golden West College, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (1 copy free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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