Building a Scholarship of Assessment (The Jossey-Bass Higher by Trudy W. Banta and Associates

By Trudy W. Banta and Associates

During this publication, top specialists within the box learn the present kingdom of review perform and scholarship, discover what the long run holds for evaluate, and supply suggestions to aid educators meet those new demanding situations. The members root evaluation squarely in different similar disciplines to supply an outline of review perform and scholarship that would turn out beneficial to either the pro educator and people new to overview perform. eventually, Building a Scholarship of Assessment may help persuade skeptics who nonetheless think results overview is a fad and may quickly fade away that this can be an interdisciplinary quarter with deep roots and an exhilarating destiny.

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Occasioned by the many large-scale federal programs launched at that time, program evaluation first relied largely on quantitative methods. It was also related to a wider movement toward “scientific management” that quickly found applications in higher education in the form of strategic planning, program review, and budgeting. The kind of “systems thinking” embedded in this tradition demanded explicit attention to student outcomes (for example, Enthoven, 1970) in order to provide a needed “output variable” for cost-benefit studies and investigations of social return on investment.

In many ways a harbinger, this examination was designed specifically to evaluate general education outcomes and support group-level inferences about student learning. It also constructed general education outcomes in novel ways, emphasizing the application of knowledge in real-world situations and (in its long form) requiring authentic demonstrations of performance. In the period of 1986–1989, the major testing organizations quickly filled the instrument gap with a range of new purpose-built group-level examinations aimed at program evaluation—all based on existing prototypes.

Equally often, it was recommended by a consultant or by the burgeoning “how to” literature of practice (for example, Nichols, 1989). The resulting plans thus often had a somewhat formulaic quality. Most included an initial statement of principles, stated learning goals for general education and for each constituent discipline, a charge to departments to find or develop a suitable assessment method (frequently accompanied by a list of methods to be considered), and a schedule for data collection and reporting.

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