[Assessment 1415] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

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Dina M Schwam dschwam1 at student.gsu.edu
Wed Sep 10 18:49:14 EDT 2008

Hi John,

I have to agree with you. I think a lot of indivuduals who lack confidence in their abilities have a lack of motivation that can impede learning. I believe there are self-efficacy measures out there but I am not familiar with any of them. I would love to know of any valid assessments of this type.


-----Original Message-----
From: "John Benseman" <john.benseman at criticalinsight.co.nz>
To: "'The Assessment Discussion List'" <assessment at nifl.gov>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 08:33:18 +1200
Subject: [Assessment 1399] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

Marie - I would be interested in discussing the assessment of confidence. It
is the number one outcome that learners report in most studies, it is sort
of acknowledged (but then quickly dismissed as a 'soft' outcome) by policy
and funding people and, I believe, underpins many of the other outcomes
learners achieve - for example, I'm sure that many reading assessments
increase at least in part because learners gain the confidence to use skills
they already have.

So, confidence: how important is it, how do we measure it and how can we use
the findings in a way that policy and funding people will listen to?

Regards, John

John Benseman

* john.benseman at criticalinsight.co.nz

* 641 9 627 1882 Cell 027 454 0683

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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Tuesday, 9 September 2008 1:49 a.m.
To: assessment at nifl.gov
Subject: [Assessment 1386] Seeking your discussion topic ideas

Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you all. I hope this email finds
you well.

Happy International Literacy Day!!

I want to welcome new subscribers who have signed on in the past couple of
months - we now have a total of 715 subscribers on this List.

To start off September, I want to ask you what types of topics that you
would like to see us discuss here on the Assessment List. As always, I will
organize some discussions with special guests, but I would like to gather
your thoughts and requests on discussion topics as well.

So please send your ideas to either the List, or to me personally, if you
prefer that. I will put together a list of the requested topics and post
them for everyone, and we will go from there!

Thanks so much - I'm looking forward to reading what is on your minds, and
I'm also looking forward to another interesting year of discussion on
assessment topics in Adult Education.


Marie Cora, Moderator

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