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2b Assessment of Learning

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Assessment of Learning Assessment does matter. It matters to students whose awards are defined by the outcomes of the assessment process; it matters to those who employ the graduates of degree and diploma programmes; it matters to those who do the assessing. Ensuring that assessment is fair, accurate and comprehensive - and yet manageable for those doing it-is a major challenge. It is a challenge, which has been grappled by many.... Despite the fact there is a considerable body of international research about assessment and related issues, we experiment largely in the ignorance of the way others have effected positive change, and we have limited opportunity to learn from the lessons of others. (Brown S and Glasner A, Race 2001) The Learner Group The group consists of nine learners, four are male and five are female. The group are all learners with moderate learning difficulties and are from white backgrounds. This is a group of school leavers, aged 16-19 yrs old on a full-time course working towards the Edexcel Skills for Working Life Entry-Level qualification. Many of the learners in this group have not previously attended mainstream schools, for a variety of reasons. Including disabilities such as dyslexia or deafness and many have behavioural problems that contribute to a low attention span. Course learners are completing In order to describe the assessment of learning strategies utilised during my teacher training, I have chosen a group of students from Edexcel Skills for Working Life Entry-Level to use has my example. ...read more.

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teaching style/method if need be * Teachers can use a range of methods to assess learners Assessment also has its disadvantages, this includes: - * Increased workload for teachers in preparing assessment * Increased workload for teachers in marking assessment * Pressure on learners * Any personal/social problems could have an effect on how well a learner performs in an exam * Assessment can be expensive There is a variety of terminology which is related to assessment, see below: * Reliability: This is regarding the extent to which assessments achieve consistency of results. A method of assessment can be reliable when learners with the same ability achieve the same result * Validity: The purpose of validity in assessment is to make sure that the correct thing is being assessed (is the method of assessment measuring what it is intended to measure, e.g. the aims, goals, performance or objectives) * Diagnostic: A diagnostic assessment can be carried out at the beginning of a module in order to determine the learner's current knowledge or skill and to identify learner styles/needs. Diagnostic assessments are also a good way of identifying early on areas in which learners may struggle and require additional support * Formative: This is a more relaxed approach and allows the teacher to provide feedback throughout a module or course. ...read more.

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The learners were told that they did not have to write there on the evaluation sheet if they not want to and it is completely confidential. This section concentrates on the comments that I received from my learner group and my recommendations for future practice based on those comments. Evidently with the feedback from the learners, I managed to deliver the session sufficiently and effectively. The learners did realise that I was nervous at the beginning of the module but grew more confident as time went on. The learners did also mention that my OHT would have been better if they were typed (all the time) and my handwriting was neater and clearer (whiteboard) whenever I used them. But the most convincing feedback I got from all the learners was that most of the module was very enjoying and they hoped that I teach them next year. Conclusion "It is important that there is diversity in the assessment process of a course to ensure that the same students are not repeatedly disadvantaged by the use of similar procedures." (Ashford 2003) Assessment is an important part of teaching and learning. Assessment can be carried out formally or informally using a variety of methods depending on the types of learner you have. Evaluation is very important as it helps lecturers to improve. The evaluations that I carried out with my learner group have helped me to identify about my key strengths and also areas where I can make improvements. ...read more.

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