ERIC Number: EJ721680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Reference Count: 26
Multi-Dimensional Evaluation for Module Improvement: A Mathematics-Based Case Study
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v31 n1 p135-149 Feb 2006
Due to a poor module evaluation, mediocre student grades and a difficult teaching experience in lectures, the Data Analysis section of a first year core module, Research Methods for Social Sciences (RMSS), offered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, was completely revised. In order to review the effectiveness of these changes in terms of student learning, a wide range of formative and summative evaluation methods were implemented. These indicated that module revision had largely been successful, although a number of areas for further improvement were highlighted. An analysis of the nature of the feedback of each method emphasised the importance of using a multi-dimensional approach as a means of obtaining reliable, authentic and valid data. Based on the findings of the study a procedural framework for module evaluation that considers issues such as purpose, sources of information, timing, methods, resource availability, implementation, action and critical reflection, is proposed.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Data Analysis, Social Sciences, Student Evaluation, Higher Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning Modules, Curriculum Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa