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

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Jason Thomas

Bush School of Government and Public Service; Excelsior College; Grand Canyon University; Concordia University Texas; Northwood University

Philip Edward Hornsey

University of Phoenix

Date Written: May 1, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Jason and Hornsey, Philip Edward, Adding Rigor to Classroom Assessment Techniques for Non-Traditional Adult Programs: A Lifecycle Improvement Approach (May 1, 2014). Journal of Instructional Research, Vol. 3, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535691

Jason Thomas

Bush School of Government and Public Service ( email )

College Station, TX
United States

Excelsior College ( email )

Albany, NY
United States

Grand Canyon University ( email )

Phoenix, AR
United States

Concordia University Texas ( email )

11400 Concorida University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
United States

Northwood University ( email )

4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.northwood.edu

Philip Edward Hornsey (Contact Author)

University of Phoenix ( email )

10004 Park Meadows Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85034
United States

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