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The Nurse Educator's Guide to Assessing Learning Outcomes, Third Edition

Author(s): Mary E. McDonald, RN, MA
  • ISBN-13: 9781449687670
  • Paperback    396 pages      © 2014
Price: $108.95 US List
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The Nurse Educator's Guide to Assessing Learning Outcomes, Third Edition is a widely-used resource for both faculty and nursing education students that covers the assessment of critical thinking, the development of learning objectives, and the creation of tests, including detailed tips for writing many kinds of individual test items. The book also covers the analysis of test reliability. Examples of effective and ineffective test items are included throughout to help faculty and nurse educators deepen their understanding of how to create effective tests and assess student learning.

This new edition addresses the increased pressure that NCLEX and other certification exams are placing on nursing students and faculty, and reflects the most recent updates to the NCLEX Detailed Test Plan. Each chapter has been updated with timely information and examples.

Applicable Courses

Teaching in Nursing
Nursing Education
Student Outcomes

Chapter  1  The Role of Assessment in Instruction
Chapter  2  The Language of Assessment
Chapter  3  Developing Instructional Objectives
Chapter  4  Implementing Systematic Test Development
Chapter  5  Selected-Response Format: Developing Multiple Choice Items
Chapter  6  Writing Critical Thinking Multiple-Choice Items
Chapter  7  Selected-Response Format: Developing True-False and Matching Items
Chapter  8  Constructed-Response Format: Developing Short-Answer and Essay Items
Chapter  9  Assembling, Administering, and Scoring a Test
Chapter  10  Preparing Students for the Licensure Exam: The Importance of NCLEX
Chapter  11  Establishing Evidence of Reliability and Validity
Chapter  12  Interpreting Test Results
Chapter  13  Laboratory and Clinical Evaluation
Chapter  14  Assigning Grades
Chapter  15  Instituting Item Banking and Test Development Software

Mary E. McDonald, RN, MA

Mary E. McDonald has a unique combination of experience that contributes to her expertise as an Educational Assessment Consultant. She received her BSN from Boston College and has earned Masters degrees in both Nursing Education and Measurement in Applied Psychology from New York University. Mary has more than 25 years of experience as a nurse educator at both the baccalaureate and associate degree levels.

Mary is an expert in the development of classroom exams and is known nationally for her workshops and presentations on various aspects of test development, including writing critical thinking multiple-choice items. Mary is president of Educational Assessment Strategies, LLC (, an educational consulting practice that is dedicated to assisting nursing faculty to improve student assessment strategies through seminars and individual program consultation.


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