ERIC Number: ED463296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
American Sign Language Video Project: Examples of Excellence in Performance Assessment.
Dickinson, Wendy B.; Hall, Bruce W.; Craft, Angela J.
The purpose of this study was to investigate innovative performance assessments developed by the instructor in an American Sign Language (ASL) course at an urban undergraduate university. The performance assessments engaged students in higher order thinking skills as they demonstrated their learning. Course purpose, instructional objectives, curriculum content, performance assessment description, and scoring rubrics/procedures were analyzed to determine the congruence between course objectives and assessment, assessment and curriculum, and instructional methods and assessment. Students prepared videotapes of sentences in ASL as the first project, and then prepared videotapes about their own lives of approximately 30 sentences in ASL. Videotapes were graded on vocabulary, body expression, and setting (video) requirements. A review of the videotapes shows that they have many of the hallmarks of good performance assessment in that they represent the application, and not the mere acquisition, of knowledge. The criteria for success were shared with the student, and the exercise included a focus on feedback. Future research will study student perceptions of the performance assessment process. Three appendixes contain the ASL alphabet, transcripts of narrative sentences, and the course syllabus. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (25th, Sarasota, FL, February 27-March 2, 2002).