Adding Rigor to Classroom Assessment Techniques for Non-Traditional Adult Programs: A Lifecycle Improvement Approach
Journal of Instructional Research, Vol. 3, 2014
11 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2014
Date Written: May 1, 2014
Formative Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) have been well-established instructional tools in higher education since their exposition in the late 1980s (Angelo & Cross, 1993). A large body of literature exists surrounding the strengths and weaknesses of formative CATs. Simpson-Beck (2011) suggested insufficient quantitative evidence exists on the utility of CATs for increasing the quality of student learning. Two quantitative studies by Simpson-Beck (2011) and Cottell and Harwood (1998) indicated no such correlation. We suggest that these deficiencies as applied to adult non-traditional programs may be due to a lack of rigor in the construction of many formative CATs, as well as a failure to properly match assessments to real learning objectives. In this article, we propose a nine-step framework to facilitate proper selection of formative CATs with appropriate rigor and implementation in the classroom.
Keywords: classroom assessment techniques, CATs, formative assessment, higher education
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