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ERIC Number: EJ900993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
The Assessment Journey: Defining and Refining Instrument Dilemmas
Gallo, Ann Marie; Carr, Michael T.; Gallo, Joseph A.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n5 p22-26 May-Jun 2010
Designing and implementing assessment instruments are ongoing challenges for physical educators. The initial design phase includes asking the question, "What do I want the students to know and/or be able to do?" Seemingly, the question is direct and should lead to a concrete answer. In addition to designing assessment instruments, one of the most complicated aspects of assessing student learning is related to the implementation of the instrument. Hence, a series of questions related to the practicality of the instrument follow: "Will it work?" "How long will it take?" and "What will it tell me?" This article follows the journey of one undergraduate teaching assistant (TA) through the dilemmas and challenges most physical educators face in the design and implementation of assessment instruments and related tasks. Suggestions of how to overcome these challenges are discussed from the perspective and experience of a TA. The setting was a college net/wall activity course, however, the instrument could be used in secondary physical education classes. The project began when a faculty instructor assigned a TA, "To teach and assess the forehand stroke in tennis." This assignment led the TA on a journey where he was confronted with four different assessment dilemmas related to the design and implementation of the instrument. Each assessment dilemma led to adjusting certain aspects of the instrument. Each modification improved the clarity of the instrument, illustrated the purpose of the assessment, and upheld the goal of practical and time efficient implementation. Minor variations in the implementation of the instrument proved to be efficient and yielded more specific results. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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