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A study was conducted at Messiah College, a religiously affiliated liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, to identify classes that had excellent evaluation procedures. Standardized student ratings of classroom testing were drawn from the Instructional Development and Effectiveness Assessment (IDEA), which includes an item on "preparing examinations" as part of the section on teaching methods. Classes that were rated above the 90th percentile on the IDEA on "preparing examinations" were identified as exemplar classes. Instructors of these 17 exemplar courses were contacted, and all agreed to participate in the study and provide descriptions of their evaluation methods. Additionally, 27 randomly selected students completed a brief questionnaire and were individually interviewed about the evaluation methods used in the classes. Results indicated that positive responses to classroom testing procedures were related to external constraints (such as class size and teacher experience), as well as to instructional dynamics within the classroom. Based on study findings, five suggestions were developed for classroom evaluation: (1) be methodical; (2) allow student input regarding specific content of the evaluation process; (3) grant students the freedom to fail on occasion; (4) emphasize the practical; and (5) personalize the requirements. (AC)

Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, College Students, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Made Tests, Test Use, Testing Problems, Tests

Autor: Jacobsen, Rhonda Hustedt


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