Title

Measuring attainment of foundation skills in general education at a public university in the United Arab Emirates

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

© 2016 WIETE. To increase the employability of graduates, tertiary education must emphasise what are known as foundational skills, such as critical thinking, teamwork and information literacy, to name a few. These skills, however, are recognised as difficult to both teach and assess. In this article, the authors describe a novel performance assessment - the General Education Foundational Skills Assessment (GEFSA) - that can be used to teach and measure attainment of foundational skills for non-native English speaking students in a General Education programme, and the results of a pilot study conducted at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. The GEFSA is comprised of a scenario of an unresolved contemporary issue, prompts to engage students in an on-line discussion, and a task-specific analytic rubric to assess the extent to which students attain the targeted skills. This article focuses on the GEFSA Rubric development and the supporting instruments. The pilot study results indicated that the method could be used to both teach and measure the foundation skills, as well as to be used for programme assessment reporting purposes.

ISSN

1446-2257

Publisher

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

Volume

14

Issue

4

First Page

506

Last Page

512

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Keywords

Education; Contemporary issues; General education; Information literacy; Performance assessment; Programme assessment; Public universities; Tertiary education; United Arab Emirates; Students

Scopus ID

85011318004

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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