Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education

ISBN-10: 0415880769

ISBN-13: 9780415880763

Edition: 2012

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Increased demands for colleges and universities to engage in outcomes assessment for accountability purposes have accelerated the need to bridge the gap between higher education practice and the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation. The Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Educationprovides higher education administrators, student affairs personnel, institutional researchers who generate and analyze data, and faculty with an integrated handbook of theory, method, and application. This valuable resource brings together applied terminology, analytical perspectives, and methodological advances from the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation to facilitate informed decision-making in higher education. Special Features:Contributing Authors are world-renowned scholars across the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation, including: Robert E. Stake, Trudy W. Banta, Michael J. Kolen, Noreen M. Webb, Kurt Geisinger, Robert J. Mislevy, Ronald K. Hambleton, Rebecca Zwick, John Creswell, and Margaret D. LeCompte.Depth of Coverage includes classroom assessment and student outcomes; assessment techniques for accountability and accreditation; test theory, item response theory, validity and reliability; qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods evaluation; context and ethics of assessmentQuestions and Exercises follow each Section to reinforce the valuable concepts and insights presented in the preceding chapters.Bridging the gap between practice in higher education with advances in measurement, assessment, and evaluation, this book enables educational decision-makers to engage in more sound professional judgment. This handbook provides higher education administrators with both high-level and detailed views into contemporary theories and practices, supplemented with guidance on how to apply them for the benefit of students and institutions.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 682
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Charles Secolsky is Director of Institutional Research and Planning at County College of Morris, New Jersey.D. Brian Denison is Institutional Research Analyst at Champlain Regional College, Quebec, Canada.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface: Improving Institutional Decision Making through Educational Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation
Acknowledgements
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Assessing the Quality of a University-Particularly Its Teaching
Classroom-Level Assessment: Aligning Pedagogical Practices to Enhance Student Learning
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Program and Institutional Levels
The Bottom Line: Will Faculty USE Assessment Findings?
The Perennial Challenges of Accountability
Using National, State, and Local Data for Administrative Decision-Making
Empowerment Evaluation and Accreditation Case Examples: California Institute of Integral Studies and Stanford University
Benchmarking in Higher Education
Questions and Exercises for Section 1
Theories and Technical Aspects of Educational Measurement
Classical Test Theory and Higher Education: Five Questions
Generalizability Theory in Assessment Contexts
Item Response Theory in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation for Higher Education
Scaling, Norming, and Equating
Reliability
The Validation of Tests in Higher Education
Statistical Modeling in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation for Higher Education
Issues in the Analysis of Change
Questions and Exercises for Section 2
Test Construction and Development
Building Content and Statistical Test Specifications
Evidence-Centered Design in Assessment Development
The Assessment of 21st-century Skills in Community College Career and Technician Education Programs
Iteni Analysis Procedures for Classroom Assessments in Higher Education
Using Content Specialists for Detecting Item and Test Unfairness
Computer-Based Testing in Higher Education
Questions and Exercises for Section 3
Testing and Assessment for Decision-Making
Setting and Validating Cut Scores for Tests
College Placement Testing of Entering Students
Admissions Testing in Higher Education
Postsecondary Writing Assessment
Authentic Assessment Validation: A Heuristic Rubrics Cube
Cognitive Diagnostic Method: Rule Space, Q-Matrix Theory and Applications
Questions and Excercises for Section 4
Approaches to Evaluation in Higher Education
Program Evaluation in Higher Education
Qualitative Evaluation
Naturalistic Evaluation
Responsive Evaluation
Case Studies and Validity
Mixed Methods Specialists in Action: Linking Mixed Methods Research to Learning and Classroom Assessment
Survey Use in Academic Contexts: Considerations and Guidelines
Questions and Exercises for Section 5
Issues in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Using Data to Find Common Ground Between Secondary and Postsecondary Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Testing and Evaluation of English-Language Learners in Higher Education
Evaluation of Teacher Quality
Reporting Assessment Results in Higher Education
Presenting Learning Outcomes Assessment Results to Foster Use
Revisiting Reliability and Validity in Higher Education Research and Program Evaluation
Ethical Assessment and Institutional Advancement: Connecting Good Practice with the Need to Move Campuses Forward
Questions and Exercises for Section 6
Concluding Remarks
About the Contributors
Index
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