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					                    Western Civilization and United States History
                    Dr. Edrene S. McKay  Website: Online-History.org  Phone: (479) 855-6836

                                  SKILLS ANALYSIS WORKSHEET
Name:                                                               Class:                          Date:
Key:         2 = Strongly Agree         1 = Agree            0 = Not sure      -1 = Disagree        -2 = Strongly Disagree

                                                    SKILL                                                       LEVEL

A. HAVE YOU MASTERED THE INTELLECTUAL HABITS OF MIND
   REQUIRED BY A COLLEGE-LEVEL HISTORY CLASS?                                                               0


       1.   I find it easy to summarize the main thesis of an author’s work and to identify
            supporting arguments.

       2.   I can collect, organize, and synthesize information from a variety of sources without
            difficulty.

       3.   I have no trouble making comparisons and pointing out similarities and differences
            between sources of information.


       4. I find it easy to identify cause and effect in history.

       5. I can see patterns in history and make connections between historical developments
           without difficulty.

       6. I am capable of creating visual representations of complex relationships in history.


       7. I have no trouble evaluating conflicting interpretations of the past and formulating my
           own interpretation based on sound reasoning principles.


       8. I am imaginative, resourceful, and creative in my approach to history.

       9. I am able to use other disciplines (e.g., political science, sociology, psychology, and
           philosophy) to increase my understanding of human nature and to help interpret the
           events of the past without difficulty.

   10. I have been able to develop a global perspective (i.e., the ability to look beyond the
       limitations of local, regional, and national interests).

   11. I have no trouble writing a clear thesis statement and developing supporting arguments
       that explain the historical evidence I have gathered in my research.

   12. I have been able, in the past, to derive more than facts from my study of history (i.e., I
       have insights and the capacity to make enlightened decisions about the future).
Skills Analysis Worksheet


                                              SKILL                                                 LEVEL
B. ARE YOU SKILLED IN USING THE TOOLS OF THE HISTORIAN IN YOUR
                                                                                                      0
   RESEARCH AND WRITING?

    1. DISCOVERY: My research skills are excellent. I can locate reliable primary and
       secondary sources easily to help ascertain the facts about the past and document my
       research accurately.


    2. ANALYSIS: I have no difficulty examining primary and secondary sources, evaluating
       their worth, and establishing a meaningful order in the chaos of materials I’ve collected.


    3. INTERPRETATION: I can explain the context, meaning, and significance of primary
        and secondary sources and draw conclusions easily.

    4. COMMUNICATION: I am proficient in sharing my ideas, insights, and discoveries with
       others using effective communication techniques.


    5. I always seek perspective and enlightenment when I study the past.

C. DO YOU HAVE GOOD STUDY AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND
   ARE YOU ABLE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY?

    1.   I am self-motivated, self-directed, and capable of self-assessment.

    2.   I have good organizational skills.

    3.   I am capable of efficient time management.

    4.   I have no trouble making complex tasks manageable.


    5.   I can plan and execute long-range goals with considerable ease.


    6. My problem-solving and reasoning skills are well-developed.


    7. I can work effectively with a team and am capable of collaborative decision-making.


    8. I always take the initiative in working on projects rather than waiting for others to take
        the lead.

                                                                                      TOTAL:

NOTE:    How to interpret your score:
        The highest possible score is 50.
        A score of 25 is very good.
        A score of zero is adequate
        A negative score will require extra effort.

				
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