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Competency and Confidence of Graduates: cla+ assessmnent

This mornings email newsletters included a discussion about the lack of stats thinking skills amongst graduates.

Diluted courses; a focus on the how without the why; and lack of relevancy to students with low math efficacy; are factors that I see generating low competent and low confidence grads into the workforce.

Things to talk about and explore

Just an half (40%) of the North American senior students were not proficient as critical thinkers. Over a tenth failed (14%) the CT assessment.

“The 40% of students tested who didn’t meet a standard deemed “proficient” were unable to distinguish the quality of evidence in building an argument or express the appropriate level of conviction in their conclusion” (Belkin, 2015).

Amongst Freshman students, almost a third apiece failed, demonstrated basic understanding, or showed to be proficient or higher in thinking critically.

grad students

Sample cla+

A 25 page practice assessment for CT.


CLA+ comprises a Performance Task (PT) and a Selected-Response Question
(SRQ) section.
There are three types of questions in the SRQ section: Scientific and
Quantitative Reasoning (SQR), Critical Reading and Evaluation (CRE), and
Critique-an-Argument (CA). CLA+ is administered online.
The PT containsan open-ended prompt that requires written responses. The SRQs

askthestudent to choose the best response based on the Document Library provided”(Council for Aid to Education, 2015, p. 1).

Critique of the cla+
Debbie Morrison of the blog Online Learning Insights, provides scope about cla+usefulness and weaknesses.



Belkin, D. (2015). Test finds college graduates lack skills for white-collar jobs. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from

Council for Aid to Education. (2015). cla+. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from



Disco Study!




OK, So Holland’s Hexagon is Go!

Wow~ I had no idea how useful Holland’s Hexagon resources are to many of the academic visitors on this site.

RAISEC Person Role Fit



Milgram’s Obedience Studies: Resistance

More than a few students of psychology visit my blog to access Milgram’s Obedience Studies resources.

The site listed here at an interesting site, IMO, Their on a mission that I am still reading and reflection on. Will keep posted.

The resource from Lermanet’s site provides background material as well; deepening and broadening awareness and usefulness of Milgram’s curiosity about Why People Do Crap Stuff To Others.

Summary and Conclusions

1) Conformity and obedience were much greater than anyone expected.

2) People don’t really know how they will behave in many situations.

3) The situation is extremely powerful in determining people’s behavior.

4) People’s motives and desires determine much of how they behave”.



Do you have Resources or Commentary to share…?



Language Development and Cultural Expression

“Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Author, Academic and Unapologetic Border-Crosser, Shares How Reading Shapes a Writer’s Life“.



Conditioning: Classical and Operant Review

Conditioning is an important section of psychology second year studies. Such studies seek to explain responses (conscious and unconscious) and learnt behaviours.

I have gathered here a range of review resources for conditioning in psychology.

Classical Conditioning 1

Classical Conditioning 2

Classical Conditioning 3

Operant Conditioning 1

Operant Conditioning 2

Operant Conditioning 3

Operant conditioning 4


Find Research with Google Alerts

Google Alerts allows you to source material harder to come by, or articles that are current, tho not necessarily peer-reviewed. Such documents/videos can be useful for orientating direction of searches on databases. As well, it tends to be informative way of naming dropping who is leading the convoy on any given topic.

Useful plus.



It’s Not Science to Penalise for Tutor/Mentor Support

What logic is there to banning tertiary students from personal tutors?

Why hold students to a higher standard of application of learnt knowledge, than what exists in the real world? It is unreasonable to prohibit students from seeking extra-curricula support for their studies.

Are they not to group over coffee and Discuss learnt material?

Can they not read/view others interpretations of the concept?

Are they not to Question, probe and deconstruct elements of their Learning?

How is this Science? How is this Learning?

lone wolf

Student as Lone Wolf Howling in the Wilderness: Who benefits from this Archetype?

Paid staff colleagues help each other all the time; discuss across disciplines over lunch or dinner parties;, at forums and conferences; on the phone; reviewing each other’s work for peer-review publication (up to 2 years! of others Critiquing and Informing your work). This multi-contributory Process is not considered Plagiarism.

So: Why is there a different set of criteria for the academic student?

: Why is the criteria for students unrealistic? In that it Does Not Reflect the real-world of Science?

: Who benefits in setting a bar that provides Gate-keeping of Knowledge, Skills and Competencies needed in the wider Community?

Academia is not where one is Trained to pass exams. We are not here to score points.

Community needs us.

Thinking, Reflecting, Navigating ‘problems’ and Explaining stuff in Meaningful ways.

Learning does not happen in a Vacuum.

A previous post I wrote about the lack of efficacy in a Lone Wolf Study Approach; based on research over 30 years old. Way to Demonstrate not applying learnt knowledge.

Recommendations to Lecturers/Examiners

  • Update curriculum, some of the local ones are over 15 years old!
  • Get Passionate about Learning, Discovery and Curiosity; Value it in Others too
  • Apply the Science (Model) for the Student being Schooled in It



Associate Professor Mekada Graham Faculty Award Winner for 2015

“Graham, who is interim chair and associate professor in the Master of Social Work program at CSUDH, received the 2015 Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award



Where Beer Can Take You in Statistics


Continuing Education Units: Academic literacies workshop series

Designing a workshop series, available online too, for Academic Literacies. Continuing education units appear to be the way to go to develop research partnerships across the community.


aMember Forum would provide peer-to-peer learning and mentor support.


Randomisation Reference: An error-free outlook

Continuing our curiousness about randomisation for empirical research, this was just recommended to me as a reference text. Have added the doc to my google Library, and have shared with you to inform your next research design, or critiques of others designs.


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