ERIC Number: EJ1074322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Assessment in Fieldwork Courses: What Are We Rating?
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v55 n4 p274-302 Fall 2014
Fieldwork exists as a component of many library schools' curricula. Site supervisors, students, and the schools themselves all play a role. A final part of most fieldwork experiences involves the use of an evaluation form filled out by a site supervisor about the student. In this study, forty seven evaluation forms were collected and analyzed through inductive content analysis in order to discern the attributes that are used to rate students. Attributes were compared to the "ALA Core Competences of Librarianship" and grouped into related subject-categories. Findings show that form content varied widely and few forms captured all tenets of the "Core Competences." Recommendations include a new all-encompassing evaluation form that can be tailored to many different fieldwork experiences, and suggestions for future study on fieldwork.
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Needs, Information Science Education, Content Analysis, Student Records, Evaluation Criteria, Minimum Competency Testing, Minimum Competencies, Models, Practicums, Practicum Supervision, Cluster Grouping, Foundations of Education, Information Sources, Knowledge Management, Technological Literacy, Reference Services, Library Services, Research, Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education, Library Administration, Individual Characteristics, Work Ethic, Knowledge Level, Academic Ability, Emotional Development, Professional Identity, Job Performance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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