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|Posted By: Michael Rennick on February 28, 2001|
|I hate to point out the obvious, but you might start by looking at the TCRecord "Alternative Assessment," collection in which you posted this question. There seem to be a number of articles there that might start you on your way.|
One technique is to find an article that refers to other major sources, and then use the "references" section of that article to locate other key sources.
For instance, listed on the Alternative Assessment Collection page is the following book review by Susan M. Brookhart:
"Classroom Assessment and Research: An Update on Uses, Approaches, and Research Findings"
In this review you will find this paragraph...
"Part Two includes three chapters on research that has been done about Classroom Assessment and Research. In Chapter 3, Steadman presents the results of studying CAT practices and experiences of faculty and students at community colleges in California. In Chapter 4, Cottell and Harwood report no differences in student achievement in their accounting classes when they used CATs, compared with when they didnít. Despite this "no harm" effect, the authors remained enthusiastic about the potential of this tool for understanding teaching and learning. In Chapter 5, Soetaert reports the results of a study of the attitudes of 10 faculty and their students after using CATs."
It would seem to me that this book might be one place to start. It will surely alert you to other key studies.
Also, another great technique is to use the internet. I did a search on the terms, "literature review alternative assessment" on Google and came up with many results that you might find useful. Click on the link and you will see what I mean.
I hope this helps.