ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTS AT THE LEVEL OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE STUDENTS 'OPINION
University of Science and Technology (POLAND)
About this paper:
Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Learning outcomes are a set of knowledge, skills and social competences acquired in the learning process, this definition refers to the definition contained in the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on the establishment of a European Qualifications Framework.
The Polish Qualifications Framework (PRK), like the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), consists of eight qualification levels. Each of the PRK levels is described by means of general statements characterizing the learning outcomes that must be confirmed by the qualification to be at a given level. PRK takes into account the learning outcomes achieved in the framework of organized education and in other ways, for example through training, professional experience or self-improvement. It includes general, higher and vocational education, including what you can learn not only at school or university, but also, for example, at courses, training, at work, at home.
The article presents the results of a study conducted at the University of Science and Technology (UTP) in Bydgoszcz. The aim of the study was to verify the questionnaire for the assessment of learning outcomes at the level of completion of secondary school in the opinion of first-year students. According to the core curriculum, the most important skills acquired by the student during general education in a post-primary school are: learning as a way of satisfying the natural curiosity of the world, discovering their interests and preparation for further education as well as teamwork.
The pilot research tool included 14 questions, including four in tabular form, regarding attitudes towards criteria characterizing the acquired learning outcomes and 10 single or multiple-choice closed questions.
The pilot study was conducted in a group of 30 first-year students of the University of Technology and Life Sciences selected randomly. The first version of the questionnaire was distributed to verify the research tool. The pilot study also allowed, among others to determine the response of respondents to the purpose of the survey and to indicate whether the questions give respondents difficulties in completing the form. The pilot study carried out indicated that the form is too extensive, the students did not fully understand the essence of the questions. A large number of questions was also a problem for the pilot group. The comments posted by the students allowed for making the necessary corrections.
After the study, the composition and decomposition of the questions were analyzed in terms of content and editing, which made it possible to build the final version of the questionnaire. The article presents the final effect - a verified research tool: "QUESTIONNAIRES FOR EVALUATION OF EFFECTS OF EDUCATION. The final questionnaire contains 7 questions, including 5 questions closed with a five-point scale and 2 open questions. The pilot study also allowed the editing of instructions for respondents to better understand the nature of the study. At present, a study is in progress to assess the acquired learning outcomes at the high school level by first-year students.
Keywords: Learning outcomes, Polish Qualifications Framework, higher education, learning, teamwork, university.