An Authentic Assessment at the Graduate Level: A Reflective Capstone Experience
This paper introduces an innovative form of assessment for graduate students that is comprehensive, constructive and deeply reflective. Throughout their final semester, students were invited to synthesize and critically and thoughtfully reflect on their learning, to engage in self-assessment, and to take an active role in the conceptualization and design of their Capstone presentations. This product was used as both a personal and professional learning tool, as well as a means of program assessment for faculty.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in ITEC: January 3, 2017
Student Teaching Feedback and Evaluation: Results From a Seven-State Survey
This study surveyed 128 early childhood programs in 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education across seven states. Results indicate that across 2- and 4-year institutions, language and literacy are a strong focus of feedback for student teachers, as well as child development, planning, and adult–child interactions. Student teachers are typically supervised through on-site visits that range in number and length fairly dramatically across 2- and 4-year institutions.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in ITEC: November 9, 2016
“We Were Told We’re Not Teachers … It Gets Difficult to Draw the Line”: Negotiating Roles in Peer-Assisted Study Sessions
In this article, the authors explore how relationships between peer facilitators and students in a Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program impacted on education students as independent learners. The findings reveal that PASS participants discussed experiences of the program, revealing tensions between what students and facilitators felt should happen in PASS, and how they acted differently. The authors conclude that they recognize the importance of training that focuses on facilitating student-centered sessions, which address study skills and deepen understanding of course material. Facilitators could be encouraged to work collegially in generating a range of activities that promote active learning for PASS participants.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in ITEC: November 1, 2016
A Grade of 80%: The New “Fail”
Current studies indicate that the requirements of academia in recent years have been low and that students today devote significantly less time to learning than in the past. The name of the game today appears to be high grades at sale prices, making 80% the new “fail.” This disconcerting phenomenon, known as “grade inflation,” can be defined as an upward shift in grades without a demonstrated increase in the knowledge-based performance of students. The author argues that the solution is understanding the causes and effects of grade inflation requires, first and foremost, education professionals to conduct a discussion on the organizational level regarding evaluation within their respective institutions.
Publication Year: 2016 | Updated in ITEC: September 18, 2016