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ERIC Number: EJ1062704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Assessing High Impact Practices Using NVivo: An Automated Approach to Analyzing Student Reflections for Program Improvement
Blaney, Jennifer; Filer, Kimberly; Lyon, Julie
Research & Practice in Assessment, v9 p97-100 Sum 2014
Critical reflection allows students to synthesize their learning and deepen their understanding of an experience (Ash & Clayton, 2009). A recommended reflection method is for students to write essays about their experiences. However, on a large scale, such reflection essays become difficult to analyze in a meaningful way. At Roanoke College, we have developed a system to automate the qualitative coding process using a software analysis tool (i.e., NVivo). This inductive approach allows us to identify patterns in student learning that indicate effective and ineffective aspects of applied learning experiences. It provides a more nuanced and rich approach to the analysis of student learning outcomes in order to ensure the quality of our programs through continuous improvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia