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ERIC Number: EJ912853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Bringing the Outside in: Assessing Experiential Education
Qualters, Donna M.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n124 p55-62 Win 2010
Assessment of student learning is the systematic gathering of information about student learning and the factors that affect learning, undertaken with the resources, time and expertise available, for the purpose of improving learning. In assessment, there are no conclusions, just ongoing questions that the data raise about learning and the process of learning. To make assessment of experiential education meaningful, it must meet multiple agendas and consist of many different methods of capturing the learning. But it need not be complex or held to the standard used when publishing data; that level will only be perceived as time-consuming and low-priority by many faculty. With a clear consideration of design that goes beyond perceptions into documenting learning, by developing new tools to capture praxis and by using a multipronged approach that engages faculty in identifying and designing methods to answer their burning questions, experiential education can move from the periphery of learning to demonstrating that learning beyond the classroom is a central component of education in higher education. In this chapter, the author shares some practical techniques to engage faculty in the process of gaining valuable information to improve student learning in experiential education. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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