ERIC Number: EJ846011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Authentic Assessment
Berg, Steven L.
Community College Enterprise, v12 n2 p7-21 Fall 2006
This paper presents interviews with Dr. Jon Mueller and Dr. Paula Harris. Dr. Jon Mueller is a professor of Psychology at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Paula Harris is a professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Arts at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan. In these interviews, they present a discussion of various aspects of assessment as a tool to measure accountability. Dr. Mueller explains differences between the terms "traditional assessment", and "authentic assessment." He contents that while there is still some value in traditional assessment for measuring whether students have acquired a certain body of knowledge, he is more interested in learning if students are able to use that knowledge in meaningful ways. in her interview, Dr. Harris brings up one of the less pleasant but very real aspects of assessment. Some legislatures--such as Michigan's-- are trying to tie funding for schools to assessment and outcomes. If schools aren't categorizing and classifying and focusing on student learning outcomes, they are going to lose funding. Dr. Harris explains that she is not sure it is much different than that real world situation educators are asking students to fit into. Faculty need to participate in real world situations, too, but Dr. Harris contends that she does not want legislators involved in her classroom any more than they have to be.
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Profiles, Accountability, Politics of Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Student Evaluation, Alignment (Education), Compliance (Psychology), Evaluation, Opinions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan