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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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Steinke, Pamela; Fitch, Peggy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Bias is part of the human condition and becoming aware of how to avoid bias will help to ensure greater accuracy in the work of assessment. In this paper the authors discuss three different theoretical frameworks that can be applied when assessing student work for cognitive skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Each of the…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Cognitive Ability, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Newhart, Daniel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
As we face increasing accountability in higher education, how we measure student learning should exceed the calls for an account of learning that places students at the center. Qualitative approaches to assessment and theoretical underpinnings gleaned from the qualitative research tradition may provide a way that we can support a more holistic…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Learning Experience, Outcome Measures, Student Evaluation
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Smith, Kristen L.; Good, Megan Rodgers; Sanchez, Elizabeth Hawk; Fulcher, Keston H. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Although higher education institutions often engage in assessment practices, use of assessment results to improve student learning is rare (Blaich & Wise, 2011). We surmised that this rarity could be partially explained by unclear communication regarding what "use of results" means. The current study qualitatively investigated how…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Evaluation Utilization, Communication Problems
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Wall, Andrew F.; Hursh, David; Rodgers, Joseph W., III – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2014
It is often argued that as "consumers" of higher education, students, parents and leaders need objective, comparative information generated through systematized assessment. In response, we critique this trend toward reductionist, comparative, and ostensibly objective assessments in the United States. We describe how management has…
Descriptors: Ethics, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Commercialization