Building a Scholarship of Assessment

reviewed by Donna Sundre - 2003

coverTitle: Building a Scholarship of Assessment
Author(s): T. W. Banta and Associates
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787959456, Pages: 339, Year: 2002
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Building a Scholarship of Assessment is a book whose time has come. Subsequent to publication of Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered (1990), this book provides framing for the assessment profession and the scholarly nature of its practice, products, and literature. Trudy Banta, the editor of many of the most important books on assessment practice, has again selected a strong cohort to contribute to what will probably be the most influential book on assessment practice for some time.  The book is organized in five sections: History and current status of assessment; Theoretical foundations of assessment; Methods of assessment; Scholarly assessment; and Toward a scholarship of assessment. “Part One: History and Current Status of Assessment” is comprised of two essays. It begins with an eloquent chapter by Peter Ewell, whom Banta refers to as the “dean of the outcomes assessment movement in higher education.”  This chapter should be required reading for everyone currently practicing or considering assessment implementation.  In a highly concise and readable narrative, Ewell captures the past 20 years of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1192-1196 ID Number: 11083, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 8:11:37 AM

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