Testing the generic skills of the Italian undergraduates: is it a mean to assess the quality of university?

Journal title RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione
Author/s Emanuela Reale, Antonio Zinilli
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2014/59 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 78-103 File size 198 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIV2014-059005
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The work compares the results produced by the test TECO on generic skills, with the opinions expressed by undergraduates on the contribution that their generic skills received from the graduate program attended. The hypothesis is that a significant correlation between the test TECO and the feedback of the students can be considered an evidence of a causal relationship between the data obtained from the test and the ability the graduation course transmitted to the student throughout the academic year. Asymmetries between the two results may be indicative of some weaknesses of the results obtained from the course, which should therefore be improved. However, the absence of a strong and significant correlation between the test results and the evaluations of students do not support the hypothesis, and therefore the use of TECO test as indicator of the quality of a university course.

Keywords: Quality Assurance, Generic Skills, Evaluation of University, Test TECO, Undergraduate Students, Learning.

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Emanuela Reale, Antonio Zinilli, I test sulle competenze generaliste dei laureandi italiani: uno strumento per valutare la qualità dell’università? in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 59/2014, pp 78-103, DOI: 10.3280/RIV2014-059005