Assessment Learning and Employability

Assessment Learning and Employability


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Assessment Learning and Employability by Peter Knight, Mantz Yorke

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335212286
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Higher education and employability
Summative assessment in disarray
Formative assessment
underexploited potential
Key themes in thinking about assessment
Diversifying assessment methods
Assessing for employability
Authenticity in assessment
Optimising the reliability of assessment
Making better use of formative assessment
Assessment systems in academic departments
Changing the institutional assessment system

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