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Assessment Of Lab Work: A Three Domain Model; Cognitive, Affective, And Psychomotor

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.217.1 - 6.217.7

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A. R. Zaghloul

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Session 3432

Assessment of Lab Work: A Three-Domain Model; Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor

A.-R. M. Zaghloul E E Department, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801/ ITR Technologies Inc, 1744 L ST 3C, Lincoln, NE 68508


Several models exist for assessment of lab work. One depends only on written reports in lab notebooks during lab time. Another depends only on written reports after the lab is done. A third adds to after-lab written reports an exam component. In this communication, we provide an educational model to analyze the lab work educational experience. This model depends on the three domains of human behavior; cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. It also draws on the information- processing model of education. This three-domain model (TDM) helps identify the educational elements comprising the lab work. Therefore, it leads to a properly structured assessment plan. Lab skills including safety, breadboard techniques, equipments handling techniques, measurement techniques, analysis and logical development of student work, notebook reporting, and formal reporting are some of the identified elements of the educational lab experience. According to the identified elements, an assessment plan is devised and implemented. It leads to a very well structured method with maximum objectivity and minimum subjective characteristics. Checked lab work, notebook and formal reporting, and a practical test with the use of a graded checklist provides the most objective assessment of the student education in conjunction with the developed educational objectives. The TDM model is easily applicable by electrical engineering educators through a step-by-step algorithm that is provided. It is equally applicable to other engineering, and non-engineering, disciplines, that use lab work as an educational tool. The presented algorithm and model both can contribute greatly to the education of electrical engineers. It is used by the author in actual lab environment with positive contributions to the student education and ease of management of the education environment.

I. Introduction

Lab work is a very important component of electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology education. For the student to have a good rewarding educational experience in the lab, this experience must not only be properly designed and integrated

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Zaghloul, A. R. (2001, June), Assessment Of Lab Work: A Three Domain Model; Cognitive, Affective, And Psychomotor Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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