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ERIC Number: ED450427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 22
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Assessment as a Scholarship of Teaching.
Litterst, Judith K.; Tompkins, Paula
Academic institutions are caught in a position of needing continued commitment to assessment and yet dealing with strong faculty sentiment on the subject. This paper proposes that faculty assessment activity be re-conceptualized according to Ernest Boyer's (1990) "scholarship of teaching"--as a scholarly process whose products make a contribution to the broader conversation about teaching and learning in higher education. In making a case for this rightful elevation of assessment activity by members of the academy, the paper first shows that assessment is not "service," but scholarship. Second, in applying recognized qualities of scholarship, the paper discusses assessment as a legitimate form of research that meets both the definition and spirit of the term. Third, it considers that the fact that much assessment activity is "praxis" (practice, as distinguished from theory) extends its value--and, hence, its value as scholarship--to both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences. Finally, the paper finds that assessment involves a great deal of invention, creativity, development, rigor, and reflection, which moves the activity into the realm of creative and scholarly endeavor and beyond "mere" service. Contains a figure and 31 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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