Assessment Learning and Employability

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What is assessed gets attention: what is not assessed does not. When higher education is expected to promote complex achievements in subject disciplines and in terms of 'employability', problems arise: how are such achievements to be assessed?

In the first part of the book, it is argued that existing grading practices cannot cope with the expectations laid upon them, while the potential of formative assessment for the support of learning is not fully realised. The authors argue ...

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Overview

What is assessed gets attention: what is not assessed does not. When higher education is expected to promote complex achievements in subject disciplines and in terms of 'employability', problems arise: how are such achievements to be assessed?

In the first part of the book, it is argued that existing grading practices cannot cope with the expectations laid upon them, while the potential of formative assessment for the support of learning is not fully realised. The authors argue that improving the effectiveness of assessment depends on a well-grounded appreciation of what assessment is, and what may and may not be expected of it.

The second part covers summative judgements for high-stakes purposes. Using established measurement theory, a view is developed of the conditions under which affordable, useful, valid and reliable summative judgements can be made. One conclusion is that many complex achievements resist high-stakes assessment, which directs attention to low-stakes, essentially formative, alternatives. Assessment for learning and employability demands more than module-level changes to assessment methods. The final part discusses how institutions need to respond in policy terms to the challenges that have been posed.

The book concludes with a discussion of how institutions can respond in policy terms to the challenges that have been posed.

Assessment, Learning and Employability has wide and practical relevance - to teachers, module and programme leaders, higher education managers and quality enhancement specialists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335212286
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Higher Education and Employability 1
2 Summative Assessment in Disarray 15
3 Formative Assessment: Unrealized Potential 32
4 Key Themes in Thinking about Assessment 46
5 Diversifying Assessment Methods 68
6 Assessing for Employability 87
7 Authenticity in Assessment 97
8 Optimizing the Reliability of Assessment 108
9 Making Better Use of Formative Assessment 126
10 Progression 140
11 Claims-making 159
12 Assessment Systems in Academic Departments 173
13 Developing the Institutional Assessment System 189
14 Conclusions 208
References 218
Index 235
Society for Research into Higher Education 246
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