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ERIC Number: EJ925584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Outcome Assessment from the Perspective of Psychological Science: The TAIM Approach
Steinke, Pamela; Fitch, Peggy
New Directions for Institutional Research, n149 p15-26 Spr 2011
In this chapter, the authors outline an approach to assessing complex constructs supported by psychological science and research. This approach is informed by their background as psychologists but is general enough to incorporate other disciplinary approaches as well. They identify this approach as TAIM (Theory, Activities, Indicators, Multiple Measures) to highlight the main assumptions of the approach. The authors believe that "theory" and research should inform assessment throughout the process, that clarity on intentional instructional "activities" is essential, that definitions of outcomes are not complete without specifying "indicators," and that complex outcomes need "multiple measures." Their background as psychologists informs not only each of these assumptions but also the broader framework of the TAIM approach. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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