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ERIC Number: EJ790789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Assessment Measures: CLASSE--The Class-Level Survey of Student Engagement
Ouimet, Judith A.; Smallwood, Robert A.
Assessment Update, v17 n6 p13-15 Nov-Dec 2005
In an attempt to understand what was going on at the classroom level, the College Student Report was augmented to focus on specific classes. The survey draws on items from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) instrument and specific content items for courses were added. This article describes CLASSE, a two-component tool that compares faculty expectations with what students report experiencing in a class. The Student CLASSE is similar to the College Student Report in that it asks students to reflect on their behavior both during class and outside of class; however, unlike NSSE respondents, students reflect on behaviors for a specific class. The second component is the Faculty CLASSE. Because the authors realized that congruence between what faculty value and what students report doing is most important, they designed the Faculty CLASSE to measure the value faculty place on engaging activities rather than what faculty think students are doing. CLASSE offers several benefits. Faculty reported that they: (1) used the findings to help them improve their teaching style and communication to students regarding what activities might help them be more successful in learning the material; (2) appreciated the positive, upbeat, noncompetitive approach to identifying areas for potential improvements; and (3) recommended participating in CLASSE to their colleagues and would themselves participate again. In addition, department chairs were able to identify educational practices that appeared to be valued by their faculty and, as a result, could advance initiatives that would support those emphases in the department. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement