ERIC Number: EJ1071850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Q Methodology as a Tool for Program Assessment
Ramlo, Susan E.
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v27 n3 p207-223 2015
Program assessment is now commonplace at most colleges and universities and is required for accreditation of specific degree programs. Key aspects of program assessment include program improvement, improved student learning, and adequate student preparation for the workforce. Thus, program assessment is a key ingredient to program health. Although surveys are often used within program assessment in higher education, this study demonstrates the weaknesses of this method and, instead, introduces Q methodology as a means of program assessment especially in the area of needs assessment. In essence, Q offers an objective way to measure subjectivity about any topic. Unlike Likert-scale surveys, Q is a mixed method that reveals the multiple unique views as well as consensus within the group of participants. In this study, Q was used to determine views of a construction engineering technology program. How the results will be used to improve the program is presented.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Needs Assessment, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Assessment, Engineering Education, Construction Industry, Educational Quality, Program Improvement, Factor Analysis, Q Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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