Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Barry Wilson


This thesis is a product of an interest I had in classroom assessment as a future educator of Iowa. I wanted to know which types of assessments were being used in order to direct my own teaching practices. The purpose of this project is to determine the extent that alternative assessment is used compared to traditional assessment in Iowa's secondary social science classrooms. This project draws information from current educators and an array of other resources in order to determine the frequency of each method of assessment and the reasons behind any potential trends in methodology. This project reveals current trends in assessment within the context of secondary social science classrooms as well as points the way to the future of classroom assessment in the state of Iowa. Educators can use this project to be informed what techniques their colleagues are using. While I will not submit the results of this project to any outside source, other researchers can still use this study to replicate it in other areas to get a broader glimpse of current assessment methods in the classroom.

Year of Submission



Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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Date Original


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