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ERIC Number: EJ863129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Diversity as a Learning Goal: Challenges in Assessing Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes
Bowers, Pam
Assessment Update, v21 n5 p3-5 Sep-Oct 2009
At Oklahoma State University (OSU), faculty have defined expectations for students' learning of knowledge, skills, and attitudes about diversity, and have implemented a process to assess students' achievement of the diversity learning goal. As was done for other general education learning goals such as written communication ability and critical thinking skills, faculty have instituted a portfolio system in order to assess students' achievement of the institution's diversity learning goal. In the institutional portfolio, samples of students' work (artifacts) are collected from work produced in classes across the university. This central portfolio provides an institutional snapshot of students' achievement of the learning goal. A rubric created by OSU faculty is used to assess students' achievement of the learning outcome as demonstrated in the work included in each of these portfolios. Although all faculty members may not agree with the content of the rubric, they are at least talking about diversity as a learning goal. Faculty members are beginning to ask each other--and themselves--how they are contributing to student learning about diversity in the courses they teach. Whether or not the rubric is the ideal method of assessing student learning about diversity, it is having an impact on the campus as faculty discuss the learning expectations as defined by the rubric and consider class assignments intended to encourage students to learn about diversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma