Dr Julie Hulme publishes chapter in new book on assessment

Dr Julie Hulme Publishes Chapter in New Book on Assessment

The edited volume, published by APA Books, focuses on assessment at the individual, institutional, and international levels.  

Dr Julie Hulme published a chapter in a newly released edited volume on assessment, published by APA Books, Assessing Undergraduate Learning in Psychology: Strategies for Measuring and Improving Student Performance. APA Books is the publishing arm of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The book was co-edited by Susan Nolan, Christopher Hakala, and R. Eric Landrum. The book explores assessments that instructors and administrators can use to design student-centered undergraduate psychology courses and curricula. The first section focuses on institutional practices. The second section is addressed at assessment initiatives that could be implemented by individual educators. The third section zooms out to an international level, including ways in which psychology programs can connect across borders. Throughout the sections, the contributors offer many concrete suggestions, grounded in evidence and theory, that educators and administrators can implement. The contributors also address the realities of assessment, offering ideas on how to maximize their utility in the face of limitations. Ultimately, the book can support programs as they prepare students to be successful global citizens. 

Dr Hulme's chapter on 'Assessing Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Psychology Education' focused on how psychology degrees are assessed across five different countries: Australia, Indonesia, Italy, the UK, and the US. She and her co-authors were particularly keen to communicate the value that comes from successfully studying psychology, in terms of developing knowledge, skills and attributes that are applicable in students' personal, professional, and societal lives, not just within psychological professions. Students of psychology, they argue, are well equipped with research skills, but also with the competences to 'make a difference' in the world in which they live.

Former APA President Nadine Kaslow stated, “This book is a must-have for every undergraduate psychology faculty member and administrator worldwide.” And Helen Bakker of Utrecht University in the Netherlands said that this book “may inspire and facilitate an academic community in which student learning is optimized, and assessment may even be a fun part of it!” 

Assessing Undergraduate Learning in Psychology is available directly from APA Books (https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/assessing-undergraduate-learning-psychology) as well as from many major online book sellers.