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“What We Learned About our Program that has Nothing to do with Student Learning Outcomes-An Argument

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The various assessment methods available to Political Science Departments each have their pros and cons. Standardized tests may be seen as an efficient and a less labor intensive way to collect data on student learning outcomes (SLOs), but these lack contextual information. Exit interviews and works collected from capstone courses may provide context in terms of SLO knowledge, but not offer information about the development of this knowledge. Portfolios may provide information about the development of SLO knowledge, but may often represent the students’ ‘best’ work and thus impart bias. This paper will present an argument for a labor intensive type of assessment in which data is collected from students in courses at each level of work [i.e. lower division to upper division] in order to measure the progression of SLO knowledge. The assessment plan presented, Progressive Direct Assessment (PDA) is that of the CSU Northridge Department of Political Science which does just this. From the experience of the authors, such a labor intensive plan not only offers insights about the development of SLOs, but has also provided knowledge about aspects of the learning process that are not readily uncovered by the other, aforementioned methods of program assessment such as: citation problems among students, writing skills, and the effect that clear instructions have on student works. This paper also reports on faculty members' attitudes toward PDA. It is this sort of information which has proven most useful in terms of program improvement.

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Cole, Alexandra. and DeMaio, Jennifer. "“What We Learned About our Program that has Nothing to do with Student Learning Outcomes-An Argument" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245578_index.html>

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Cole, A. and DeMaio, J. , 2008-02-22 "“What We Learned About our Program that has Nothing to do with Student Learning Outcomes-An Argument" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245578_index.html

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Abstract: The various assessment methods available to Political Science Departments each have their pros and cons. Standardized tests may be seen as an efficient and a less labor intensive way to collect data on student learning outcomes (SLOs), but these lack contextual information. Exit interviews and works collected from capstone courses may provide context in terms of SLO knowledge, but not offer information about the development of this knowledge. Portfolios may provide information about the development of SLO knowledge, but may often represent the students’ ‘best’ work and thus impart bias. This paper will present an argument for a labor intensive type of assessment in which data is collected from students in courses at each level of work [i.e. lower division to upper division] in order to measure the progression of SLO knowledge. The assessment plan presented, Progressive Direct Assessment (PDA) is that of the CSU Northridge Department of Political Science which does just this. From the experience of the authors, such a labor intensive plan not only offers insights about the development of SLOs, but has also provided knowledge about aspects of the learning process that are not readily uncovered by the other, aforementioned methods of program assessment such as: citation problems among students, writing skills, and the effect that clear instructions have on student works. This paper also reports on faculty members' attitudes toward PDA. It is this sort of information which has proven most useful in terms of program improvement.

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