Submitted Fall, 2005
Each student completing the two Models/Methods Research papers during the spring of 2005 was evaluated by the Models/ Methods Evaluation Research Paper Rubric in May, 2005. Program Objective #7 was being evaluated:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate seminal research and original inquiry within the field of gifted education.
Students were required to conduct library research on two of the following: a program or curriculum model, a method, or a process skill used in gifted education. A research paper was written using APA 5th edition format. In it the students described the model, method, or process skill and explained its use in the education of gifted learners. Only the papers dealing with models and methods were used for this assessment. This was a class syllabus requirement for all graduate students in the endorsement class TESE 825 Curriculum Design and Development for Gifted/Talented Education.
|Demonstrate ability to analyze and evaluate models/methods used in gifted education
- All students achieved at the Commendable level (12) based on the Models/ Methods Evaluation Research Paper Rubric with the exception of the incomplete. I don’t think the requirements were too easy; however, my evaluations may have been too lenient.
Use of Results:
- Although I don’t think the requirements for these short papers are too easy, I will review them and the directions I give prior to teaching the class again. I had not approached the assignment quite this way before and the rubric was new so I might have been too lenient. I will also review my evaluation and modify the rubric if necessary.
- One student had difficulty producing a research paper this semester as well as in the fall 2004. I spoke with her at length assuring her I would provide help and feedback prior to the final grade. Obviously that wasn’t enough. I need to find a way to effectively help this student achieve success writing research papers as it is an important skill.