Assessment of Learning by Professor Wynne Harlen

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By Professor Wynne Harlen

This booklet takes a serious examine how scholars' achievements are assessed for a number of reasons, from reporting development to choice and qualification. It considers the connection among what's taught, and the way, and what and the way studying results are assessed. The effect of utilizing evaluate effects for surroundings pursuits and assessment of provision for studying can also be mentioned. the professionals and cons of utilizing checks and examinations and possible choices in keeping with the judgments of lecturers are thought of by way of 4 key standards: validity, reliability, impression and required assets. facts from examine and examples of present perform in numerous international locations inside and outdoors the united kingdom aid the case for making extra and higher use of academics' judgments in evaluate of studying. during this approach review of studying (summative overview) should be appropriate with overview for studying (formative assessment).

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2005) of how teachers use students’ ideas about how to improve classroom learning and teaching reported only comments about how they engaged with content. The students were invited to talk about what they did or did not do that could help their learning, which might be expected to give an opening to talk about assessment, but no comments of that nature were reported. Perhaps these (mainly lower secondary) students did not recognize assessment as being something that related to learning. A study carried out in Northern Ireland found that by the age of 16 students were aware that the curriculum was dominated by what was needed to gain the necessary results to enter higher education.

Although the focus of the study was the practice of assessment rather than the content, nevertheless these results indicate the kinds of information that were valued but not often included in classroom assessment. To help students learn independently requires information beyond that about what they know and can do in relation to the prescribed curriculum. Yet only 46 per cent of teachers often helped students to plan the next steps in their learning, whilst 83 per cent valued this activity. It seems that the situation in which teachers do not trust each others’ judgments arises from the same pressures that narrow the focus of their own assessment to factual knowledge and inhibit the use of assessment to develop students’ capacity for reflection on learning and their ability to take greater responsibility for their learning.

In their instrument, students respond by marking one point on a six-point scale between pairs of statements. For example, in some cases this is pairs of opposites: I enjoy learning ()()()()()() I don’t enjoy learning and in other cases, non-exclusive pairs: I like to be told exactly what to do ()()()()()() I like to do things where I can use my own ideas Black et al. (2006b) found inconsistencies when the questionnaire was completed for a second time by the same students. , 2006b: 167). This indicates that there are limitations in using self-response methods with younger students when the concepts involved are not easily expressed in simple language.

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