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Beyond the Big Test : Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education (04 Edition)by William E. Sedlacek
Synopses & Reviews
Education professionals have long believed that the SAT (the "Big Test") is a limited measure of a students aptitude and should not be relied upon as the only tool to judge an applicants ability to perform at the college level.
William E. Sedlacekone of the nations leading authorities on the topic of noncognitive assessmentchallenges the use of the SAT and other standardized tests as the sole assessment tools for college and university admissions. In Beyond the Big Test, Sedlacek presents a noncognitive assessment method that can be used in concert with the standardized tests. This assessment measures what students know by evaluating what they can do and how they deal with a wide range of problems in different contexts. Beyond the Big Test is filled with examples of assessment tools and illustrative case studies that clearly show how educators have used this innovative method to
This important noncognitive approach can add new measures that will expand our potential for fairly assessing all students for admission to college.
Book News Annotation:
An expert on noncognitive assessment, Sedlacek (counseling and personnel services, U. of Maryland) argues against the over reliance on standardized tests—e.g. the SAT, ACT, MAT, GRE—in higher education admission systems in the US. He offers a model for producing noncognitive assessments that more fairly consider the diverse abilities, interests, and backgrounds of today's college applicants. The text also includes discussion on the use of noncognitive variables when advising and counseling students after admission, and for evaluating and designing student support programs and services. For higher education administrators, faculty, and staff; assessment professionals; and professionals in diversity-oriented fields.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
PRAISE FOR BEYOND THE BIG TEST
" The examples provided in the book powerfully illustrate the potential that institutions have to translate concepts into action."
Larry D. Roper, vice provost for student affairs, Oregon State University
" William Sedlacek shows the weaknesses in traditional SAT-type tests and provides alternative ways of evaluating students for college programs. If historically white colleges are to break with their racist climates and practices, faculty, administrators, and staff must heed Sedlacek s sage remedies, which are grounded in solid field research."
Joe Feagin, graduate research professor, Department of Sociology, University of Florida
" William Sedlacek identifies the eight noncognitive variables that extensive research has shown are the missing components of a comprehensive, fair, and impartial measure of a student s likelihood for success in college. The book shows how these noncognitive measures can be used in selecting a diverse and talented student body and how they can be used in counseling, academic advising, student affairs programs, and research."
Gregory S. Blimling, vice chancellor for student development and professor of human development and psychological counseling, Appalachian State University, and editor, Journal of College Student Development
William E. Sedlacek--one of the nation's leading authorities on the topic of noncognitive assessment--challenges the use of the SAT and other standardized tests as the sole assessment tool for college and university admissions. In Beyond the Big Test, Sedlacek presents a noncognitive assessment method that can be used in concert with the standardized tests. This assessment measures what students know by evaluating what they can do and how they deal with a wide range of problems in different contexts. Beyond the Big Test is filled with examples of assessment tools and illustrative case studies that clearly show how educators have used this innovative method to:
This book examines a timely topic, as institutions wrestle with the need for an alternative to standardized testing as a measure of student success, both in gaining access to college and in their experience once enrolled. Unlike traditional testing methods, noncognitive assessment looks at several variables, from motivation, self-perception, ability to adjust to situations, and gathers this information from a variety of sources, including questionnaires, interviews, and portfolios.
About the Author
William E. Sedlacek is professor of counseling and personnel services in the College of Education and assistant director of the Counseling Center, both at the University of Maryland. He has authored more than one hundred articles on the topic of noncognitive assessment and is one of the leading authorities in the field.
Table of Contents
1. The Big Test . . . and an Alternative Approach.
2. Going Beyond the Big Test.
3. Reliability, Validity, and Diversity.
4. Noncognitive Assessment Model.
5. Admissions and Financial Aid: Traditional and Nontraditional Measures.
6. Teaching a Diverse Student Body Successfully.
7. Advising and Counseling with Noncognitive Variables.
8. Evaluating and Designing Campus Programs with Noncognitive Variables.
9. Conclusions and Recommendations.
1. Examples of the Situational Attitude Scale.
2. Basic Noncognitive Questionnaire with Scoring and Administration Information.
3. Norms Using Noncognitive Questionnaire Scoring Key.
4. Two Alternate Forms of the Noncognitive Questionnaire and Scoring Instructions.
5. Short Answer Noncognitive Assessment Form.
6. Principles of Interviewing for Noncognitive Variable Diagnosis.
7. Interview Questions Employed in Campus Site Visits (Lilly Endowment Evaluation).
8. Example Cases for Training Raters in Evaluating Admissions or Financial Aid Applications.
9. Online References for Racism Class.
10. Racism Course Rating Form.
11. Protocol for Interracial Interaction Study.
12. Campus Climate Survey (University of Maryland Diversity Survey).
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