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Review of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability in Adult Education
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on March 23, 2022 in categoryFacts & Research

In Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy, Sandra Ratcliff Daffron of Western Washington University shares her thoughts on the book Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability in Adult Education, written by Lilian H. Hill. 

Daffron points out that the broad scope of the book might leave some adult educators wondering whether it can adequately accomplish addressing assessment, evaluation, and accountability in ways that meet their needs.  

Here's an excerpt from her review. Click the button at the end to read the full review and Daffron’s take on its usefulness for adult educators.   

This book is designed to provide a variety of evaluation, assessment, and accountability perspectives from the field of adult education. Each chapter is written by contributors representing the field who were challenged to describe and explain their approach to evaluation, assessment, and accountability. The very practical approach of the contributors, help the learner see that there is no “one size fits all” to evaluation and it is important and necessary to understand, measure, and assess learning. The book has 14 chapters with Part One introducing and defining program evaluation and learning assessment. Hill provides a comprehensive introductory chapter of the scope of evaluation, assessment, and accountability and the rubrics for measurement. While other adult education resources may offer these same rubrics, it is very helpful to have the scope of the field in one place in this book. Each chapter of the book has current research for graduate students to pursue. Part Two, Three and Four provide an array of assessment and evaluation practices in the field of adult education. The fields represented are adult literacy and adult basic education, professional military education, continuing professional education, licensed education (law, engineering, nursing, medicine) and other professions, human resource development (HRD), public service agencies (for building community capacity), health care in higher education, distance learning, competency-based education and other delivery methods. The last part of the book focuses on higher education practices in the field of adult education. 

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