Sexuality and Critical Inquiry: Improving the Assessment

Submitted by Olga Tsoudis on

During Fall 2014, SOC 130 (Human Sexuality) particiapted in the SAAC Critical Inquiry Assessment. I have attached the assignment, the SAAC rubric, and the scores for the course. Students created a research project focusing on five areas (averages in parentheses): 1. question/observation (3.91)  2. hypothesis (3.46) 3. planning (3.18) 4. analysis (3.95)  5. conclusion (3.82). The lowest score was in the planning area which is the development of the survey questions which had to connect to testing their hypothesis. For future assessments, more time needs to be spent on how to connect the hypothesis to the measurement questions. For the next critical inquiry assessment, the focus will be to provide more learning in this area.

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SOC 130
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Average: 4.3 (7 votes)


Teri Graham Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:35pm

Thank you for your insights. I look forward to seeing how you are able to make that connection during the next assessment.

Becky Baranowski Mon, 04/20/2015 - 8:24am

I am so glad you are using the SAAC rubrics.  I look forward to seeing your future results when you complete the cycle. 

Peter Turner Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:05pm

Good stuff (clinical term!) Olga. Like Becky, I especially like that this was prompted by your involvement in our SAAC Gen Ed assessment. Look forward to your results!

Heather Muns Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:34pm

Thank you for doing this.  I know it almost killed you.  Hopefully you can figure out away to do the assessment again without it being so hard on you and improving the low areas.  As always we appreciate your participation in the General Education Abilities Assessments. 

Bronwen Steele Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:02pm

This is really good Olga. I see Heather said it was painful, I take it the organization was difficult? 

Roselyn Turner Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:37am

Olga, I think it is especially great that you had a student who took her research project to the Student Conference, even though she was not in your class anymore.  Thank you for mentoring her throughout! 

Cheryl Gipson Thurman Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:39pm

In reply to by Steven Melessa

Wow!  This looked like a very interesting project and it also shows how dedicated that you are in helping your students succeed.