ERIC Number: ED414507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
The Summary Paper: An Effective Assessment Tool for Adult Collegiate Learners.
A "summary paper" can be defined as self-reported, written documentation of learning from a class or module. A clearly defined and well-written summary paper is an effective instrument for assessing the learning of adult students in higher education. Properly implemented, the summary paper accomplishes the following: addressing the particular learning principles related to adult learning; providing a valid criterion-referenced measurement; addressing assessment of higher order learning from Bloom's taxonomies; being sensitive to various learning styles; and allowing for the application of varied life experiences and intelligences. However, a summary paper is probably not the best method for testing. An individualized assessment that matches learning styles, intelligences, and life experiences to the subject matter would be ideal. Given pressures of time and documentation needs, however, a summary paper can be the most efficient and effective instrument for assessing learning outcomes in adult learners. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Cincinnati, OH, November 1997).