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ERIC Number: ED437699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessing the Course: The Department Perspective.
Rice, Donald E.
The first step in a multi-stage approach to assessment of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Art at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, this study assessed the department's introductory course. Data came from cognitive pre/post tests, self reports, and peer evaluations. Results indicated that: (1) students scored higher on the post-test than the pre-test; (2) the self-report showed learning improvement in discipline breadth, finding and reading of communication research, understanding journal article formats, writing abstracts and literature reviews, and in knowledge of APA (American Psychological Association) style; (3) sophomores report the most "learning", reflecting the design of the course, which is aimed at them; (4) student papers do not always reflect a specific communications focus; (5) students have more difficulty after connecting research questions to hypotheses in their paper proposals; (6) students need to employ better definition of terms and rational for their choices; (7) students need to read their documents more carefully; and (8) students need to consider research ethics more in making their choices of method. Additional research should decide the purpose of the assessment and report findings to the Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, and should include assessment of oral performance and upper-level theory-based courses. Contains sample course objectives, pre-test, course assessment form, and paper review form. (EF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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