Measuring Noncognitive Variables for Student Success and Retention: Improving Admissions and Student Affairs Services for Diverse Groups including Women and Students of Color - Engaged Research and Practice for Social Justice in Education (Paperback)William E. Sedlacek (author)
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Key Features include: models that raise concepts related to innovation, diversity and racism in proactive ways; examples of admission and post-enrolment applications that show how schools and programs can use non-cognitive variables in a variety of ways; additional examples from foundations, associations, and K-12 programs; and an over view of the limitations of traditional assessment methods such as admission tests, grades, and courses taken.
Publisher: Stylus Publishing
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Adding appropriate noncognitive variables, as suggested in this book, may strengthen the predictive power and validity of high-stakes measures. Noncognitive variables can help teachers understand and evaluate students' academic performance, adjust their curriculum, and plan for individualized instruction and assessment. In addition to informing teachers, noncognitive variables can provide important information to college and university admissions personnel. To make appropriate decisions, admissions programs need comprehensive assessments able to provide information about a person's cognitive abilities and noncognitive characteristics. Without noncognitive measures, admissions programs base their decisions on information that is truly incomplete, and in the process overlook many potentially successful students. As the author argues, valid and unbiased predictors of college success are crucial for all students, but especially for minority students who may be disproportionately disadvantaged by biased assessments.
Often called the 'Father of Noncognitive Variables, ' William Sedlacek is an internationally renowned scholar who has conducted over 40 years of research informing the conceptual definition and use of noncognitive variables. In its nine chapters, this book discusses important subjects related to noncognitive measurement.
Collectively, these chapters paint a picture of the current state of noncognitive variables in education, including theory, research, and many practical examples. This book has the potential to impact students and institutions all over the world and should be read by teachers, admissions programs, and all others interested in enrolling, assessing, and retaining diverse students."-- (01/03/2018)