Some blog followers might be interested in a post "Recent Initiatives at CMU and MSU Seek to Improve U.S. Science/Math Education #2" [Hake (2010)]. The abstract reads:
ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Recent Initiatives at CMU and MSU Seek to Improve U.S. Science/Math Education," POD's Bland Tomkinson wrote:
". . . . . . The world of higher education is full of spurious 'measures,' league tables and such. Perhaps we should rather try to describe excellence than to measure anything that seems vaguely relevant."
But, in my view measuring students' understanding of a subject does not necessarily constitute "false quantification"; as has been argued, for example, by PODer Craig Nelson.
To access the complete 13 kB post on the OPEN ! AERA-L archives please click on http://bit.ly/9wAqxd .
Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
"What we assess is what we value.
We get what we assess, and if we don't assess it, we won't get it."
- Lauren Resnick [quoted by Grant Wiggins (1990)]
REFERENCES [URL's shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 1 November 2010.]
Hake, R.R. 2010. "Recent Initiatives at CMU and MSU Seek to Improve U.S. Science/Math Education #2" online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at http://bit.ly/9wAqxd . Post of 1 Nov 2010 11:46:26 -0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being sent to various discussion lists.
Wiggins, G. 1990. "The Truth May Make You Free, But the Test May Keep You Imprisoned: Toward Assessment Worthy of the Liberal Arts," AAHE Assessment Forum: 17-31; online at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) project "Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics" (SAUM) at http://www.maa.org/saum/ / "Getting Started" where "/" means "click on," or download directly at http://bit.ly/a7g09T .