Rubric Development for Psychology Studentsí Written Communication Skills
Nicholas Thaler & Ellie Kazemi
The focus of this workshop is to discuss the utility, reliability, and validity of an assessment rubric. This rubric was tailored to measure specific learning outcomes of undergraduate psychology students using their final papers of a research methodologies capstone course. Such outcomes include adherence to principles of research methodologies, using appropriate statistics, adherence to the APA Publication Manual, and overall written communication skills. As these are all critical learning outcomes recommended for undergraduate psychology programs, developing and validating such rubrics can have great potential in an academic environment.
Faculty members who are interested in constructing objective rubrics for written material and measuring the utility of such rubrics would find this workshop relevant and informative. Any individual who is interested in rubrics or assessing learning outcomes in general would also benefit from attending this workshop.
Discuss the rationale for utilizing rubrics for undergraduate written research manuscripts
Identify the key components of a rubric
Identify barriers in constructing a rubric that is reliable across users
Identify how to incorporate tests of reliability and validity on rubrics
Nicholas Thaler is a second year masterís student in clinical psychology at California State University, Northridge. He has completed his B.S. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology next year. Nicholasí research interests include assessment, psychometrics, and measurement.
Ellie Kazemi, Ph.D., B.C.B.A. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at CSUN. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research methodology and learning. As Department Assessment Liaison
to her University she coordinates and oversees departmental assessment efforts. Her research interests involve children with disabilities and their parents.