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ERIC Number: EJ791859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Use of Question and Comment Papers in College Teaching
Ilk, Ozlem
Assessment Update, v19 n6 p12-13, 16 Nov-Dec 2007
The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback. Feedback can be achieved through the use of classroom assessment techniques (CATs). CATs are designed to provide both faculty and students with the feedback necessary to increase the quality of teaching and learning throughout the semester (Angelo and Cross, 1993). CATs are based on good teaching practices, such as those suggested by the seven principles of good teaching practice provided by Chickering and Gamson (1987). Three such practices are "giving prompt feedback; encouraging contact between faculty and students; and respecting diverse talents and ways of learning." These suggest the need for a technique that provides quick feedback, promotes questioning, and accounts for individual variations. The question and comment paper (QCP)--a short informal report that develops students' questioning, writing, and research abilities--can be used as a classroom assessment technique. This technique helps the instructor understand where the class stands and reveals individual learning styles. This article discusses the benefits of QCPs, and provides tips on evaluating them. Student reflections on the practice of using QCPs are also included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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