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Title: Assessing Complex Performance: A Postdoctoral Training Program Researching Students Writing and Assessment in Digital Workspaces
Center: NCER Year: 2011
Principal Investigator: Cope, Bill Awardee: Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years Award Amount: $659,375
Goal: Training Award Number: R305B110008
Description:

Co-Principal Investigators: Mary Kalantzis, Sarah McCarthey, Katherine Ryan, Hua-Hua Chang, and Dan Roth

The goal of the postdoctoral fellows program is to provide a breadth and depth of research-related experiences that will prepare the fellows to become well-rounded researchers who are fully engaged in academic professional life. Researchers will train four Postdoctoral Fellows for 2 years each in this program. The research opportunities offered to fellows include: (1) innovations in formative and summative assessment; (2) the development of methods for assessment of complex performance (such as writing); (3) the disciplinary practices of discipline areas captured in written reports and essays; and (4) the evaluation of a large-scale assessment tool currently used by the state of Illinois. Fellows will select a research project for concentrated involvement. Senior faculty/project members will provide regular mentoring sessions, including individualized assistance with research and writing activities.

The fellows will be involved in both individual and collaborative activities including: auditing courses; participating in monthly College of Education seminars/discussion groups (with opportunities to present); involvement in team research activities (including developing research proposals and conducting pilot projects); making conference presentations; and writing and publishing research results.


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