Winter 2013 Issue Available
The Winter 2013 issue of RPA opens with two provocative feature articles. In the first, Bowman presses student affairs professionals to critically examine the widespread practice of measuring outcomes by asking students how much they have learned. He addresses psychological processes that often result in flawed responses as well as factors that may lead to improvements in validity. In the second, Gerstner and Finney urge practitioners to ask, “Are students receiving the planned program?” Here, they offer a means of measuring the alignment between the planned program and implemented program.
Four peer-reviewed articles are the mainstays for this issue. Ng, Skorupski, Frey, and Wolf-Wendel develop an instrument useful for exploring how commitments to diversity are reflected in teaching, research and service. Highly valuing a liberal studies emphasis, Puncochar and Klett offer a direct measure of student understandings of science inquiry processes. Athas, Oaks and Kennedy-Phillips suggest that we consider the value of university student employment with regard to the development of competencies and applied knowledge. Finally, DeMars, Bashkov and Socha examine gender differences in test-taking effort regarding three measures of motivation.
The reviews in this issue afford student affairs professionals with two substantive works to consider adding to their library. Successful Assessment for Student Affairs: A How-to Guide is reviewed by Lindsay, Stroud and Tubbs while Learning Is Not a Sprint: Assessing and Documenting Student Leader Learning in Cocurricular Involvement is reviewed by Endersby.
I would encourage readers to give pause and reflect on the first painting showcased in Ruminate. The issue concludes with original artwork by Keith Frew, coupled with excerpts from George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel. Here, we are reminded the process of schooling has two primary foci, information and socialization, which the student affairs emphases on learning and growth suitably complement.
The full Winter 2013 issue may be viewed here: http://www.rpajournal.com/archive/
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