A method for a retrospective analysis of course objectives: have pursued objectives in fact been attained?

Tj. Plomp, A.W.J. van der Meer

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Abstract

A method pertaining to the identification and analysis of course objectives is discussed. A framework is developed by which post facto objectives can be determined and students' attainment of the objectives can be assessed. The method can also be used for examining the quality of instruction. Using this method, it is possible to determine mathematics course objectives and the attainment of these objectives by the group of students who passed the course. Subjects of the study were 816 first-year engineering students, enrolled in a university program during the 1970-1973 period. The students were administered quarterly open-question examinations during the first three quarters of each year. The retrospective analysis data were collected in 1976. The exploratory character of this research suggests that conclusions from the data must be considered merely as illustrations of the type of questions that can be analyzed within the proposed framework. (TJH)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1979
Event3rd Conference of the European Association for Research and Development of Higher Education, EARDHE 1979 - Klagenfurt, Austria
Duration: 2 Jan 19796 Jan 1979
Conference number: 3

Conference

Conference3rd Conference of the European Association for Research and Development of Higher Education, EARDHE 1979
Abbreviated titleEARDHE
CountryAustria
CityKlagenfurt
Period2/01/796/01/79

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