ERIC Number: EJ890352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 22
Assessing Sociological Knowledge: A First Try
Wagenaar, Theodore C.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n2 p232-238 Apr 2004
Assessment has since taken center stage in higher education. Over two-thirds of the states have mandated assessment to document student performance, and many states have initiated performance-based funding strategies. Most assessment efforts are local, including those reported in the special issue of "Teaching Sociology," and most efforts use student work in the capstone or other required courses as evidence instead of using a comprehensive assessment instrument. As assessment has become a focal point in higher education, only few sociologists have developed comprehensive instruments to authentically assess learning. In this conversation, the author presents an assessment instrument that could be used in many departments. His goal is to generate discussion and to encourage readers to critique and refine his initial effort so that a usable, peer-reviewed, and externally graded instrument may result.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Sociology, Evaluation Methods, Psychometrics, Measurement Techniques, Evaluation Research, Knowledge Level, Research Methodology, Test Construction, Research Design, Program Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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