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ERIC Number: EJ924997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Using a Value-Added Approach to Assess the Sociology Major
Pedersen, Daphne E.; White, Frank
Teaching Sociology, v39 n2 p138-149 Apr 2011
Universities across the nation have been called upon to provide evidence of student learning through direct means of assessment. Value-added assessment, which aims to document the development of student learning from the beginning of the university experience to the end, has been called "accountability's new frontier" by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In response to an internal university initiative, the Department of Sociology at the University of North Dakota conducted a value-added assessment of the sociology major. In this article, the authors describe the value-added approach and its strengths and limitations, detail the means by which they assessed student knowledge in the sociology major, and review findings from their student assessment at the University of North Dakota. (Contains 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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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: North Dakota