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ERIC Number: ED552540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-6264-5
The Assessment of a First Year Seminar Program at a Midwestern University
Summers, Shari Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
This research explores the attainment of learning outcomes of first year seminar participants through institutional assessment and programmatic assessments methods. This research compared the lived experiences of first year seminar participants to their perceptions of leaning gains captured by the National Survey of Student Engagement. The study concluded that while the institutional level assessment was a useful snapshot, the depth of understanding the nuances of student learning was better captured through the responses of the students in focus groups. In addition, it was evident that the relationships established between the students and the faculty was primary to student learning. These relationships fostered a trust among students and faculty that allowed for an honest and open exchange of ideas and varying viewpoints. Furthermore, the process of assessment itself as well can be integral component of the learning process. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement