Educational Assessment Essay

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INTRODUCTION Assessment has been a constant life theme. It has been part of my student learning experience, performance evaluation in the work setting and now an important part of my teaching. I hope to give you a good insight into my understanding, perspectives, biases and attitudes toward the subject of assessment and to further add to this with my experience as a teacher this year. STUDENT VIEW A student’s approach to learning and the quality of learning achieved will be influenced by the way in which this learning assessed (Gibbs 1999, Entwistle and Ramsden, 1983). As a student, assessments always provided me with a benchmark: the level I’m at, what going well/not so well and the area for improvement. They provided me with the…show more content…
Diversification in selection assessment would appear to be key. Following on from this I worked in a big four accountancy firm while undertaking further study. Assessment here was high stake, pass your exams and you got a pay rise, fail them and you and you may no longer have a position with the firm after a certain number of attempts. My difficulty with this assessment situation was the lack of time for study and the lack of feedback to aid continuous improvement, especially if one failed an exam. I believed there was also a mismatch between performing in the workplace and struggling with assessment procedures. Now based in the Further Education sector I engage in an assessment system that facilitates back to work initiatives and the up skilling of people who are looking for work. Others may have been forced to leave school early and it allows diversification into areas of interest and provides a second chance to all sorts of students who did not make it directly into the university system. Brown and Knight (1994) suggest that one of the reasons we assess is that students expect it! There is no doubt that it is the motivating factor for students. TEACHER VIEW Nitko and Brookhart (2006) suggest that assessment provides teachers with the information tools to enable decision making about teaching. My assessment in the classroom has been a combination of continuous
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