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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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Finney, Sara J.; Mathers, Catherine E.; Myers, Aaron J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
Research investigating methods to influence examinee motivation during low-stakes assessment of student learning outcomes has involved manipulating test session instructions. The impact of instructions is often evaluated using a popular self-report measure of test-taking motivation. However, the impact of these manipulations on the psychometric…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Student Evaluation, Tests, Factor Structure
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Immekus, Jason C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2016
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires teacher preparation programs in the United States (US) to document their ability to produce teachers who can effectively promote the learning of a diverse P-12 student population (CAEP, 2013). To meet CAEP accreditation standards, leaders of teacher preparation programs are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Surveys
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Meyer, J. Patrick; Zhu, Shi – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are playing an increasingly important role in higher education around the world, but despite their popularity, the measurement of student learning in these courses is hampered by cheating and other problems that lead to unfair evaluation of student learning. In this paper, we describe a framework for maintaining…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Students, Student Evaluation, Learning
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DeMars, Christine E.; Bashkov, Bozhidar M.; Socha, Alan B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Examinee effort can impact the validity of scores on higher education assessments. Many studies of examinee effort have briefly noted gender differences, but gender differences in test-taking effort have not been a primary focus of research. This review of the literature brings together gender-related findings regarding three measures of examinee…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Scores, Student Motivation, Test Wiseness
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Soares, Joseph A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
In Philip Pullman's dark matter sci-fi trilogy, there is a golden compass that in the hands of the right person is predictively powerful; the same was supposed to be true of the SAT/ACT--the statistically indistinguishable standardized tests for college admissions. They were intended to be reliable mechanisms for identifying future trajectories,…
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Benefits, Barriers
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Hathcoat, John D.; Penn, Jeremy D. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Critics of standardized testing have recommended replacing standardized tests with more authentic assessment measures, such as classroom assignments, projects, or portfolios rated by a panel of raters using common rubrics. Little research has examined the consistency of scores across multiple authentic assignments or the implications of this…
Descriptors: Generalizability Theory, Performance Based Assessment, Writing Across the Curriculum, Standardized Tests
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Smiley, Whitney; Anderson, Robin – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2011
Motivational theory is often used to develop strategies for boosting student effort on assessments, particularly in low stakes situations. Increasing students' cognitive engagement on such assessments may also impact student effort. However, before such interventions can be evaluated, a sound measure of cognitive engagement must be identified.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Measures (Individuals)
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Pastor, Dena A.; Kaliski, Pamela K.; Weiss, Brandi A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
Do students change as a result of completing their general education requirement? This question was examined by using a pretest/posttest design with five different cohorts of students required to complete a general education program in American history and politics. Differences among various groups in Cohen's d (the standardized difference between…
Descriptors: College Students, General Education, Pretests Posttests, United States History