Narrative Assessment Plan

Narrative Assessment Plan Example (A blank template for this format is available here

  • Which specific outcome(s) will you be assessing?
  A. Demonstrates oral presentation skills appropriate to the field of psychology.
  B. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical context of the field of psychology.
  • What are your steps for the first academic year?
  In the first year we will develop the methods, pilot test them, and then refine them. A leader has been chosen for each of the outcomes being assessed. Faculty have agreed to work with the leaders on completing the various tasks.
 
  • In semester 1:
    A. 


Tom will select and work with a small committee to develop a rubric that can be applied to presentations. 

    B.

Sue will select and work with a small committee to develop exam items that can be incorporated into existing exams in Psych 100 (intro) and Psych 375 (history).
 
  • In semester 2:
    A.






To pilot test the rubric, faculty who teach Psych 315 (research methods) and Psych 450 (senior seminar) will record student presentations given at midterm. A sample of 5 students from each class will be randomly chosen. Two faculty members will apply the rubric to these presentations; volunteers will be requested during the March department meeting. The committee who developed the rubric will use feedback from the pilot test to revise and finalize the rubric. 
    B.



In April, students in the two courses (100 & 375) will be asked to volunteer to answer and evaluate the items. Incentives for students are being considered, including the possibility of extra credit or the offer of food. Sue and committee will run the sessions, and then evaluate, and possibly revise the exam items.
  • What are your next steps for the second academic year?
  In the second year we will collect our data, score it, summarize what it means, and then discuss with the faculty what it means and what changes we should make because of what we found.
 
  • In semester 3:
    A.



Faculty teaching the two courses will be asked to record student presentations. A sample of 10 presentations will be randomly selected from each of the courses. Two faculty members will be asked to apply the rubric to these presentations.
    B. Faculty teaching the two courses will be asked to include the exam items in the final exam.
 
  • In semester 4:
    A.





The rubric scores will be analyzed. Means will be calculated for each of the elements included, and overall impressions of the presentations will be summarized. The analyzed data will be presented to the faculty during the first faculty meeting of the semester for consideration. Possible changes for improvement will be discussed at faculty meetings, and implemented in the next year.
    B.



The exam items will be scored for both courses. Means will be computed for each item in each class, and statistical comparisons will be made. The data will be presented at the second faculty meeting of the semester for consideration. Possible changes for improvement will be discussed at faculty meetings, and implemented in the next year.