Making Sense of the Evidence of Student Learning: Step Five

January 17, 2009

Step Five: Analyze evidence of student learning

A. Examples of types of evidence

When writing researchable questions in the scholarship of teaching, it is helpful to consider what evidence of student learning you will consider. In some sense, this evidence is the proof of your reserchable question/thesis. If a particular exercise enhances student learning, student work will exhibit enhanced learning.

Some types of Evidence:

  • Students’ reports of their learning (surveys & interviews)
  • Samples of students’ work (papers, projects, journals, presentations)
  • Evidence of how students actually work (think-alouds, videos, process journals)

Here are some examples of student written work from Sherry Linkon’s case study.
To view Sherry Linkon’s comments, double-click the green item boxes next to the text.

Aspects of Domestic Work
Reading Texts Through History
From Dutiful Housewife to “Rosie the Riveter”
The Depression
What Do Workers Want?
Workplace Issues
Billy Joel’s “Allentown”
Billy Joel’s “Allentown” (re-write)
Reading Texts Through History
Text Web
Ungraded Midterm

B. How might you use this evidence?

What could you do with these materials?

  • close reading
  • thick description
  • measure against a rubric
  • develop categories and chart patterns
  • coding
  • quantify qualitative results

C. Discussion Prompt (group or individually)

  • How do different kinds of evidence reveal different aspects of student learning?
  • How might different sorts of evidence help focus questions about student learning that are both bigger and narrower?
  • What other evidence do you wish you had?

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