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ERIC Number: EJ940619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1206-9620
Perceptions of College Faculty Regarding Outcomes Assessment
Marrs, Heath
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, v13 n2 2009
The perceptions of college faculty regarding outcomes assessment were explored using a qualitative interview research approach. Three faculty members at a liberal arts college in the United States were interviewed about their understandings, reactions to, and concerns regarding the assessment movement. Faculty members differed in their understandings of assessment and articulated a number of concerns with the current emphasis towards implementing assessment in higher education. Faculty understood assessment to be a primarily quantitative endeavor and a means of accountability as well a process of identifying learning objectives. In addition, faculty expressed resistance to the idea of assessment and perceived it to be a distraction rather than an important aspect of the teaching-learning process. Some faculty thought that the growing importance of outcomes assessment was indicative of a lack of trust in the ability of faculty to competently perform their duties. Implications of these findings for engaging faculty in the assessment process are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States