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ERIC Number: EJ912761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1368-1613
Standardised Library Instruction Assessment: An Institution-Specific Approach
Staley, Shannon M.; Branch, Nicole A.; Hewitt, Tom L.
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v15 n3 Dec 2010
Introduction: We explore the use of a psychometric model for locally-relevant, information literacy assessment, using an online tool for standardised assessment of student learning during discipline-based library instruction sessions. Method: A quantitative approach to data collection and analysis was used, employing standardised multiple-choice survey questions followed by individual, cognitive interviews with undergraduate students. The assessment tool was administered to five general education psychology classes during library instruction sessions. Analysis: Descriptive statistics were generated by the assessment tool. Results: The assessment tool proved a feasible means of measuring student learning. While student scores improved on every survey question, there was uneven improvement from pre-test to post-test for different questions. Conclusion: Student scores showed more improvement for some learning outcomes over others, thus, spending time on fewer concepts during instruction sessions would enable more reliable evaluation of student learning. We recommend using digital learning objects that address basic research skills to enhance library instruction programmes. Future studies will explore different applications of the assessment tool, provide more detailed statistical analysis of the data and shed additional light on the significance of overall scores. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California