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ERIC Number: EJ1092116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Evaluating and Improving the Assessment of Undergraduate Student Writing in a School of Business at a Large Regional University
Glew, David; Meyer, Tracy; Sawyer, Becky; Schuhmann, Pete; Wray, Barry
Journal of Effective Teaching, v11 n2 p55-74 2011
Business schools are often criticized for the inadequate writing skills of their graduates. Improving writing skills involves first understanding the current skill level of students. This research attempts to provide insights into the effectiveness of the current method of assessing writing skills in a school of business at a large regional university and to provide insights relative to how the assessment process can be improved. Three studies were conducted. Study 1 is a quantitative analysis of the full set of data based on the use of Criterion®, an online writing evaluation service developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Study 2 is a quantitative analysis of a coded subset of the data and Study 3 involves a qualitative data collection effort consisting of comments gathered from assessment proctors. While the overarching purpose of this research was to determine the effectiveness of the assessment tool utilized towards understanding the current status of students' writing skills, the results also offer recommendations to improve the assessment process such that a clear picture of writing weaknesses can be more effectively addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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