Section archive - Assessment & Evaluation
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Motivational Support in Web 2.0 Learning Environments: A Regression Analysis Based on the Integrative Theory of Motivation, Volition and Performance
The purpose of this study was to better understand how Web 2.0 applications might impact learners’ motivation in higher education classrooms.The study explored college students’ motivational and outcome processing based on the theory of motivation, volition and performance. Based on 224 valid cases, the findings revealed that Web 2.0 applications might be effective in stimulating learners’ attention and supporting their confidence during the learning process. The findings further suggested that learners’ motivational processing could impact learners’ outcome processing that leads to continuous usage of Web 2.0 applications for learning.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2015
This study will evaluate the engagement of students with the virtual learning environment (VLE) enhancements. The purpose of this evaluation is to relate a specific virtual framework, designed for students participating on biology modules contained in the Science Extended Degree (SED) course, with levels of student engagement. The results indicate that a substantial proportion of students completed all of these assessments, and this appears to be directly linked to attainment of higher grades. The findings reveal that the VLE model described here seems to be of major benefit to students as a learning tool. The findings were positive showing that time spent on the test was decreased as the course progressed and there was a positive attitude swing towards learning shown by the students.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2015
The purpose of the study was to determine the particular preservice and in-service variables that best explained variations in the participants’ confidence and competence beliefs. The findings reveal that preservice preparedness to work with young children and their families, and in-service types of types of training activities were important predictors of self-efficacy beliefs.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2015
Putting TPACK on the Radar: A Visual Quantitative Model for Tracking Growth of Essential Teacher Knowledge
This article proposes a visual and quantitative representation of TPACK that will help teachers better understand the TPACK framework and track their growth in the knowledge domains over time. The authors found that many students used “TPACK” to refer to both the knowledge domain and the overall model in their reflections. While this improper use of terminology could be construed as a lack of understanding of TPACK, they believe this is another consequence of the video script, and not of the model. A common theme from the reflections gathered from treatment group A was that the TPACK radar diagram model was about growth and improvement.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2015
This article utilizes five characteristics of “good” scientific theory: accuracy, consistency, scope, simplicity, and fruitfulness- taken from the work of Thomas Kuhn. Based upon this examination, four suggestions are provided to support future research into technology integration that seek to help address limitations in the TPACK framework and to inform its appropriate and thoughtful use in research and practice.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate student interns’ perceptions of the e-portfolio process and what they learned as a result of this practice. The researchers gathered in-depth information from 224 students, who were required to create e-portfolios for their academic program during their final semester of the 2008–2009 academic year. Several themes emerged from this study: increased scope, timing, alignment with standards, guidance, opportunities to document growth, organize work according to standards, and type and frequency of feedback provided by faculty and other key personnel to students developing e-portfolios.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
This study investigated the current practices and training needs of early childhood professionals in conducting assessment with young children with and at-risk of disabilities. The findings reveal that the participants reported that they used a wide range of standardized tools and nonstandardized methods to assess children’s development in the developmental domains. Three of the top five tools most frequently used by professionals to assess children’s skills are curriculum-based assessment methods that are developmentally based and that take into consideration the child’s experiences and background. The authors recommend that preservice teacher preparation programs must include numerous targeted field assignments. Furthermore, preservice teachers must receive instruction in how to use a few of the most commonly used tools and assessment methods.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance: Some Problems in the Design and Implementation of Evaluation Systems
This article aims to draw attention to some underappreciated problems in the design and implementation of evaluation systems that incorporate value-added measures.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
This study addresses the struggles White preservice English teachers’ experience in making sense of unfamiliar ethnicities in narrative forms and how this frustration might be mediated. Findings reveal a keen interest in understanding and engaging with multicultural literature among participants coupled with a persistent hesitation to include it and related conversations of race in their instruction. Participants opened themselves to learning more about others but struggled to implicate themselves in the transfer of new knowledge to teaching practice.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
This study aimed to add to the growing base of knowledge about teachers’ engagement with assessment data and their motivation for classroom assessment. The findings settled into four main categories: (1) teachers use for learning assessment to improve student achievement, (2) an imbalance of formative assessment – assessment as learning was not used consistently, (3) inconsistent formalization of observation into meaningful assessment data, and (4) the tension between internal and external motivators for student assessment. The author concludes with some recommendations for teacher preparation programs, professional development for teachers and school and district administration.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015