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Drew, Steve; Phelan, Liam; Lindsay, Katherine; Carbone, Angela; Ross, Bella; Wood, Kayleen; Stoney, Susan; Cottman, Caroline – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2017
Peer observation of teaching can provide valuable insights into effective educational practices. By adopting a developmental focus, peer observation can also provide insights into how practices might be enhanced and, importantly, how enhancements in practices might be aligned to teachers' development goals. However, a review of peer observation of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Observation
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Gielen, Sarah; Dochy, Filip; Onghena, Patrick – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2011
Since Topping published his literature review on peer assessment in 1998, the number of studies on this subject has doubled, if not tripled. However, along with this expansion, the diversity of peer assessment applications increased equally fast. Based on recent literature, this contribution focuses specifically on the diversity that has come to…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Practices, Predictor Variables
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Macdonald, Janet – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
We know assessment plays a major formative role in driving student learning appropriately, but what implications does this have for online courses? Is it more important than in a face to face context, or less so? Should we reconceptualize the ways in which we assess students, or are existing methods, tried and tested in conventional teaching and…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Online Courses, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction
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Lundberg, Angela – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
Examinations greatly influence course structures and student study strategies. A course for students in the civil and environmental engineering programme at Lulea University of Technology was reconstructed with the aim of increasing levels of understanding. A simple written test was designed to assess low levels of understanding (definitions,…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Student Experience, Teaching Experience, Study Habits
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Fellenz, Martin R. – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
This paper describes the multiple choice item development assignment (MCIDA) that was developed to support both content and higher level learning. The MCIDA involves students in higher level learning by requiring them to develop multiple choice items, write justifications for both correct and incorrect answer options and determine the highest…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Test Items, Student Attitudes, Writing Ability
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Frank, Moti; Barzilai, Abigail – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
This paper deals with a required methods course, based on the national curriculum of science and technology for junior high schools. The course participants are pre-service teachers who study towards a B.Sc. degree in education in science and technology parallel to their studies in one of the faculties of sciences or engineering. Working in small…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Preservice Teachers, Science Education, Technology Education
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Nieweg, Michael R. – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
The Institute for Physiotherapy, part of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, engaged in a fundamental change in their curriculum. This change encompassed three fundamental elements: (1) a fully competency-based programme; (2) a learning environment designed to enable the development of these professional competencies; and (3) an…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Smyth, Karen – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
This paper explores how student reflection on assessment procedures is a necessary part of the learning experience, and how such reflection can be supported in our teaching practices. Attention is paid to how discussion and analysis of assessment practices can be prioritized in the opening stages of a course. Further exploration reveals the…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Feedback, Case Studies, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Madson, Michael B.; Melchert, Timothy P.; Whipp, Joan L. – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
A syllabus analysis instrument was developed to assist program evaluators, administrators and faculty in the identification of skills that students use as they complete their college coursework. While this instrument can be tailored for use with a variety of learning domains, we used it to assess students' use of and exposure to computer…
Descriptors: Computers, Course Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reliability
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Scott, Mary – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 2005
This paper aims to encourage teachers in higher education to reflect on the criteria they apply when assessing students' academic writing. Grounding its arguments in readings of postgraduate students' texts, the paper identifies complexities that evaded the teachers' assessments. These complexities are made visible by the development of particular…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Writing Instruction, Writing Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria
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Tan, Kelvin H. K. – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 2004
Student self-assessment is a popular practice for enhancing student empowerment in the assessment process. However, in recent times various writers have questioned whether the practice of student self-assessment automatically enhances student autonomy. Some writers have even warned that students' participation in the assessment process may…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Empowerment, Discipline, Student Evaluation
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Dalziel, James – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1998
Traditional grading systems use numerals in a manner equivalent to psychological measurement, and encounter many of the problems associated with psychological measurement, particularly in aggregating grades to obtain a single score. Problems are illustrated by a university's grading system for 1,039 students in a first-year psychology course.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Instruction, College Students, Grading
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Nicholls, S. Howard – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 1985
It is suggested that external examiners play a significant role in establishing and maintaining the quality of courses and that greater openness and agreed-upon standards would improve both assessment and learning. Specific suggestions are provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Standards, Student Evaluation
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Ross, Alistair – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 1992
The second part of a British study of elementary teacher trainees' economic and industrial understanding is presented. In this segment, student teachers' attitudes toward economic issues and their perceptions of teaching as work are examined, particularly as they affect implementation of the economics portion of the national curriculum. (MSE)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Economics Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers
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Borg, Mark C.; Falzon, Joseph M. – Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 1991
A study investigated relationships between entry qualifications, area of specialization, and sex of students (n=313) in an undergraduate education program and overall program performance. Performance in educational psychology was an efficient predictor of overall program achievement. Math/science specialists performed better in educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Psychology
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