The Professor Magda Vasillov General Education and Assessment Committee Rubrics for Lunch
The Professor Magda Vasillov General Education and Assessment Committee Rubrics for Lunch November 19, 2009 Gina Cicco, Ed.D. Introduction • Why use critical thinking rubrics? Our Rubric • Bloom’s Taxonomy Putting the Rubric to Work • Examples for practice • Group activity Discussion Conclusion • Questions & comments Primary objective of a college • Defining critical thinking • Measuring critical thinking ability • Promote thinking and learning education Help students reflect on and improve their thinking and writing abilities (metacognition) Help teachers teach and evaluate, instructional tools Provides a more global assessment of performance than the checklist-based method Clarify expectations and learning objectives for various types of assignments Allows for faculty and peer assessment and an ongoing exchange of feedback First three categories are hierarchical Basic knowledge: memorizing facts, figures, and basic processes Secondary comprehension: understanding and illustrating the facts Application: generalizing the facts to other contexts and situations Last three categories are not hierarchical, require knowledge and comprehension of content, and are considered higher-order skills Analysis: understanding why the facts are the way they are; breaking problems down Synthesis: making connections between different elements on one’s own Evaluation: critically using one’s knowledge to ascertain the quality of information Hostos Draft http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/pdf/Cri tical%20Thinking.pdf AAC&U Value Rubric http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/pdf/aac us09_criticalthinkingrubric.pdf Easy to use and to explain Make teachers’ expectations very clear Provide students with informative feedback about their strengths and areas in need of improvement Support learning Support the development of skills Support the development of understanding Support higher-order thinking Please read the assignment… Use the rubric to score the sample assignment… What feedback/comments would you provide this student? Discuss in small groups… Discussion Questions Comments Suggestions Thank you… please provide your feedback so we can improve the rubrics!!!