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Wiens, Peter D.; Gromlich, Matthew D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Teacher education programs are under considerable pressure to evaluate their effectiveness in training new teachers. Over the last several decades there have been repeated calls for more systematic research on preservice teacher preparation programs. One institution has heeded this call, using the Video Assessment of Interactions and Learning…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This study utilized generalizability theory to assess the context where the National Survey of Student Engagement's (NSSE) summary measures, the Engagement Indicators, produce dependable group-level means. The dependability of NSSE group means is an important topic for the higher education assessment community given its wide utilization and usage…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, National Surveys
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Rincón, Blanca; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This qualitative study examines how service-learning pedagogy can facilitate graduate students' learning of assessment. Interviews with 14 students enrolled in a student affairs graduate program suggest that (a) direct application of content knowledge through a service-learning course enhanced students' learning of assessment, (b) exposing…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Graduate Students, Student Personnel Services, Educational Assessment
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Planning the intended use of data and identification of bottlenecks are two best practices that faculty and administrators can use when they conduct assessments for the combined purposes of accountability and improvement. Prior to data collection, they need to have a clear plan of how the results should offer worthwhile insights. Upon…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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Pastor, Dena A.; Ong, Thai Q.; Orem, Christopher D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
A common approach to assessing one facet of civic engagement (CE) is through administering the Cooperative Institutional Research Program's (CIRP) social agency scale, which captures the extent to which respondents feel personally responsible to be involved in addressing various social and political issues. To summarize the scale's results in a…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Multivariate Analysis, Student Attitudes, Service Learning
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Rocconi, Louis M.; Gonyea, Robert M. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
The concept of effect size plays a crucial role in assessment, institutional research, and scholarly inquiry, where it is common with large sample sizes to find small relationships that are statistically significant. This study examines the distribution of effect sizes from institutions that participated in the National Survey of Student…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Learner Engagement, College Seniors, National Surveys
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Horst, S. Jeanne; Ames, Allison J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
In April 2017, a three-day Learning Improvement Summit, held in Washington, DC, brought together a broad array of national and international assessment stakeholders. The purpose of the summit was to empower a diverse group of faculty and assessment leaders to develop, refine, discuss, and address evidence-based learning improvement initiatives…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, International Assessment, Accountability, Academic Achievement
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Smith, Kristen L.; Good, Megan R.; Jankowski, Natasha – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
A long-standing purpose of assessment is to help faculty improve student learning; unfortunately, evidence of improved learning is rare. Learning improvement evidence in its most simple form requires practitioners to assess, intervene, and re-assess a student learning outcome. Of course, achieving evidence of learning improvement is not so simple.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Leaders, Leadership
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Lending, Diane; Fulcher, Keston; Ezell, Jeremy D.; May, Jeffrey L.; Dillon, Thomas W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Few examples of demonstrable program learning improvement projects exist. To provide guidance for those seeking to report program learning improvement, we offer a real example of an implemented learning improvement project for a Computer Information Systems major curriculum. The example follows a six-criteria model and the subsequent standards for…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Program Implementation, Computer Science Education, Information Systems
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Reder, Michael; Crimmins, Cynthia – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
At institutions of higher education, assessment findings should inform decisions about where to target curricular improvements, course (re)design, academic support resources, and effective teaching practices. In order for the data gathered by many assessment offices or institutional researchers to have an impact on student learning, faculty…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Evidence
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Blaich, Charles; Wise, Kathleen – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
The Wabash National Study was created by the authors of this article in the early 2000s as a response to increasing pressure for institutions to get serious about assessment. The Wabash National Study was a multimillion dollar, 40-plus-institution, longitudinal research and assessment project that measured liberal learning outcomes and the good…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Assessment, Outcomes of Education
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Stitt-Bergh, Monica; Kinzie, Jillian; Fulcher, Keston – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
Assessment of student learning is typically undertaken with at least two goals in mind, accountability and improvement. This dichotomy of purpose has dogged assessment from the outset (Ewell, 2009) and contributed to conflicted or incomplete ends. As Banta and Palomba (2015) concluded, assessment undertaken primarily to comply with accountability…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Brown, Joshua Travis – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Higher education accountability is a field characterized by complexity. Prior frameworks grounded in psychometrics, economics, and history fall short in explaining the persistence and composition of its complexity. This article employs organizational theory to identify the multiple conflicting approaches of higher education accountability and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Organizational Theories, Evaluation
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Anderson, Robin D.; Curtis, Nicolas A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Ten years ago, "Research & Practice in Assessment" (RPA) was born, providing an outlet for assessment-related research. Since that first winter issue, assessment research and practice has evolved. Like with many evolutions, the assessment practice evolution is best described as a change of emphasis as opposed to a radical revolution.…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Practices, Evaluation Research, Educational Development
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Fulcher, Keston H.; Smith, Kristen L.; Sanchez, Elizabeth R. H.; Ames, Allison J.; Meixner, Cara – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Higher education has made impressive progress concerning student learning outcomes assessment practices. Yet--despite the assumption that better assessment would lead to better student learning--few examples of demonstrable student learning improvement exist at the academic degree or university levels. In 2014 Fulcher, Good, Coleman, and Smith…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, Student Evaluation
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