Development and Design of
comprehensive book, Palomba and Banta (1999, p. 1) described
as "a process that focuses on student learning, a process that involves
reviewing and reflecting on practice as academics have always done, but in a
more planned and careful way." Major questions that could be addressed
through assessment include:
to specific sources on the motivations for assessment:
well does our accounting program achieve its curricular goals and
curricular objectives need additional focus in our accounting
competencies do our students exhibit that can we promote to potential employers
or other constituencies?
our accounting program meet accreditation requirements for assessment and
well does my course achieve its curricular goals and
are the learning outcomes of my course?
I redesign my course activities to increase or decrease emphasis on certain
- Does a
particular educational activity contribute to student
- How do
the goals and objectives of my course relate to the goals and objectives of the
- Apostolou (1999, pp.
177-178) reviews literature related to motivations for outcomes
- Wehlburg (1999) provides quick advice on "getting the ball
rolling" in assessment.
- Holyer (1998) discusses need
for assessment and establishment of common educational
- Gainen and Locatelli (1995,
Introduction and Chapter 1) provide an assessment framework and thorough
discussions of the purposes of assessment in the context of accounting
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