Participants are introduced to the fundamental logic of all assessment: its contrast with subjective preference, its basis in assessment goals, the requirement of objective facts, relevant criteria, valid reasoning, and a fair application of criteria to data. The common features, advantages, and disadvantages of available critical thinking tests are presented and discussed.
A case is made for the use of an essay test (such as that available from the International Center for the Assessment of Thinking) suitable to intradisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary testing of critical thinking.
Our knowledge of the process of assessment can enable us to better assess classroom design, modes of testing, standardized tests, student performances, the thinking of students, the modeling of thinking, students' learning of content, students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and students' assessment of their own work.
All of these dimensions of assessment will be covered in this workshop.
This is strongly recommended for those who have not previously taken a foundational workshop in critical thinking.