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Assessing Student Learning. A Common Sense Guide. 3rd Edition

  • ID: 4398478
  • Book
  • April 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Now in its third edition, Assessing Student Learning continues to offer college faculty and administrators an accessible and authoritative guide for assessing student learning in a variety of higher education settings. Linda Suskie an internationally recognized expert presents a wealth of well–informed principles as well as flexible, adaptable options. This book is a time–tested, straightforward guide filled with practical advice that can help meet ever–increasing needs for ensuring and demonstrating educational quality, stewardship, and accountability.

Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition highlights the latest thinking on student learning assessment. This edition now offers guidance on how to assess student learning in targeted settings such as: the classroom, general education curricula, undergraduate and graduate programs, and co–curricular and student development programs. It also reviews current research on rubrics and offers new chapters on curriculum design and on assessing the hard–to–assess.

In addition, the third edition offers greatly expanded suggestions for building a meaningful, pervasive, and cost–effective culture of assessment, and it presents a broader variety of strategies to help guide and coordinate successful assessment efforts. The third edition also offers fresh ideas on setting standards and targets for student performance and on how to summarize, analyze, share, and use evidence of student learning.

Written both for those familiar with assessment and for those just getting started, Assessing Student Learning provides an essential guide to every aspect of the assessment process.

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List of Tables vii

List of Lists ix

List of Figure xiii

List of Exhibits xv

Preface to the Third Edition xix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Understanding Assessment

Chapter 1 What Is Assessment? 7

Chapter 2 The Many Settings for Student Learning and Assessment 15

Chapter 3 What Are Effective Assessment Practices? 23

Part 2 Laying a Foundation for Assessment Success

Chapter 4 Learning Goals: Articulating What You Most Want Students to Learn 39

Chapter 5 Designing Curricula to Help Students Learn What s Important 63

Chapter 6 How Will Your Evidence of Student Learning be Used? 85

Chapter 7 Planning Assessments in Academic Programs 93

Chapter 8 Planning Assessments in General Education, Co–curricula, and Other Settings 105

Part 3 Building a Pervasive, Enduring Culture of Evidence and Betterment

Chapter 9 Guiding and Coordinating Assessment Efforts 117

Chapter 10 Helping Everyone Learn What to Do 127

Chapter 11 Supporting Assessment Efforts 139

Chapter 12 Keeping Assessment Cost–Effective 149

Chapter 13 Collaborating on Assessment 165

Chapter 14 Valuing Assessment and the People Who Contribute 175

Part 4 The Assessment Toolbox

Chapter 15 Designing Rubrics to Plan and Assess Assignments 189

Chapter 16 Creating Effective Assignments 205

Chapter 17 Writing Multiple–Choice and Other Objective Tests 215

Chapter 18 Assembling Evidence of Student Learning into Portfolios 235

Chapter 19 Selecting Published Instruments 245

Chapter 20 Other Assessment Tools 259

Chapter 21 Assessing the Hard–to–Assess 273

Part 5 Understanding and Using Evidence of Student Learning

Chapter 22 Setting Meaningful Standards and Targets 287

Chapter 23 Summarizing and Storing Evidence of Student Learning 305

Chapter 24 Analyzing Evidence of Student Learning 319

Chapter 25 Sharing Evidence of Student Learning 333

Chapter 26 Using Evidence of Student Learning to Inform

Important Decisions 355

References 367

Index 377

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Linda Suskie
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