SOC-520 Assessment Analysis
In order to effectively measure student learning outcomes, it is essential for the college professor to develop assessments that evaluate knowledge and skills of students. This skill provides instructors with information that evaluates their curriculum design facilitation methodology. This assignment will help you learn this skill.
Below is a topic in the introduction to sociology course you have analyzed in Topics 2 and 3. For this assignment, you will use the “Course Design Criteria” document for course competencies and student survey information.
Next, use the information about the sociology assignment below and explain whether or not this type of assessment effectively assesses the course objectives in an engaging way for students of sociology:
Topic 1: Sociology Beginnings and Perspectives
Assigned chapter readings: Sections 1 & 2 in Our Social World
1.1 Explain the Sociological Imagination and the contribution it makes to the understanding of social behavior.
1.2 Define and explain the three major theoretical perspectives used in sociology.
Theoretical Perspectives Essay
The text discusses “Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology.” As a student, you sociologically view the world in a particular way. Do you see the world as a place where things simply “work out” (structural functionalism), or is it constantly in conflict (conflict theory)? Perhaps you see the world primarily as a place that is about relationships between people (symbolic interactionism).
Citing two to four scholarly sources, write an essay that addresses the following:
1. Define and explain the three ways in which the world can be viewed sociologically.
2. Identify which sociological perspective (structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism) most closely represents your view of the world. Explain the factors that have caused you to view the world through that perspective, such as personal experience in our society, popular culture, media, etc.
3. This assignment uses a rubric. Access and view the rubric to assist you in completing the assignment successfully.
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% – below = F
Student Scores on this assignment:
80% of the class earned scores of 79%-70%
12% of the class earned 69% and below
5% of the class earned scores of 80%-94%
3% of the class earned 95%-100%
Less than Satisfactory
Paper fails to correctly define and explain required content.
Paper inadequately defines and explains required content. Lacks evidence to support claims.
Paper defines and explains required content, but lacks sufficient evidence to support claims.
Paper adequately defines and explains the required content supported with some scholarly evidence.
Paper thoroughly defines and explains the required content with relevant details supported with sufficient scholarly evidence.
Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.
Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear.
Thesis is apparent and appropriate to purpose.
Thesis is clear and forecasts the development of the paper. It is appropriate to the purpose.
Thesis is precise; Thesis statement is descriptive and makes the purpose of the paper clear.
No reference page is included. No citations are used.
Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used.
Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are not appropriately documented, with 3 or more errors present.
Reference page is present. All sources are cited correctly. The documentation of cited sources has 1-2 errors.
In-text citations and a reference page are completed correctly. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.
Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice and/or word choice are present.
Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Varied sentence structure and appropriate language are employed.
Writing is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of sentence structures and figures of speech.
Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and engaging figures of speech.
After reading the information about the Topic 1 assignment above, answer the following prompts:
Chapter 8 in Learning And Teaching In Higher Education describes many different assessment types. Explain the type of assessment the above Topic 1 assignment is. (50-75 words)
Explain whether or not this assignment effectively assesses one or all of the objectives for this topic. (50-75 words)
Explain whether or not the assigned textbook readings in Our Social World sufficiently assisted students in completing the assignment. (50-75 words)
Explain whether or not this assignment assesses any of the competencies required by the college. (50-75 words)
Explain whether or not the rubric sufficiently prepares students to complete the assignment successfully. (50-75 words)
Explain whether or not the rubric sufficiently assists instructors in assessing student learning outcomes. (50-75)
Citing two scholarly sources, explain whether or not the assignment has validity and reliability. (50-75 words)
Evaluate the effectiveness of the assignment by explaining whether or not each of the categories below are addressed in the assignment (25-50 words each):
Personal ownership of learning-
Self-critique or reflection-
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