Innovations in Conceptualizing and Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education

 

 Wednesday, November 4, Innovations in Conceptualizing and Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education
 
Most educators agree that one of the goals of higher education is to develop those skills of civic competency and engagement that will allow students to participate effectively in a democracy. High levels of these skills are associated both with economic growth and with efforts to promote fairness and justice.

But how can we know if our students are developing these skills? And can we even agree on what these skills are?

During this ETS Research Forum, three of the authors of the recently published ETS Research Report "Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education: Research Background, Frameworks, and Directions for Next-Generation Assessment" will discuss these issues and summarize their key findings. Copies of the report will be distributed at the session and are available now at the Wiley Online Library.

The authors who will be presenting at this ETS Research Forum are:
-- Judith Torney-Purta, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Maryland College Park
-- Katrina Roohr, Ed.D., Associate Research Scientist, Higher Education, Educational Testing Service
-- Ou Lydia Liu, Ph.D., Director of Research, Higher Education, Educational Testing Service

The authors will discuss the importance of measuring student learning outcomes in higher education, and the challenges associated with measuring the same. This will be followed by a review of existing frameworks and definitions of civic-related constructs, from more than 30 projects, relevant to higher education in both the United States and Europe. The authors will also present a new assessment framework for measuring civic learning that focuses on two key domains: civic competency and civic engagement.

The presentations by the authors will be followed by a discussion with Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

To be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (lunch provided) at ETS DC offices located at 1800 K Street, NW, 9th Floor
To attend RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-in-conceptualizing-and-assessing-civic-competency-and-engagement-in-higher-education-registration-18979039819

 

Location: 
Washington D.C.
Event Time: 
November 2015