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ERIC Number: EJ1127646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-0281
Adding Rigor to Classroom Assessment Techniques for Non-Traditional Adult Programs: A Lifecycle Improvement Approach
Thomas, Jason E.; Hornsey, Philip E.
Journal of Instructional Research, v3 p27-37 2014
Formative Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) have been well-established instructional tools in higher education since their exposition in the late 1980s (Angelo & Cross, 1993). A large body of literature exists surrounding the strengths and weaknesses of formative CATs. Simpson-Beck (2011) suggested insufficient quantitative evidence exists on the utility of CATs for increasing the quality of student learning. Two quantitative studies by Simpson-Beck (2011) and Cottell and Harwood (1998) indicated no such correlation. We suggest that these deficiencies as applied to adult non-traditional programs may be due to a lack of rigor in the construction of many formative CATs, as well as a failure to properly match assessments to real learning objectives. In this article, we propose a nine-step framework to facilitate proper selection of formative CATs with appropriate rigor and implementation in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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