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Enabling and Assessing Learning

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´╗┐DFA7130 ASSIGNMENT TWO ENABLING AND ASSESSING LEARNING Introduction The assessment process in a teaching environment is a necessary requirement to enable you to be able to measure a student?s knowledge and understanding. Assessments come in many different forms and use many different methods, each are important in obtaining an outcome to which the tutor can obtain positive outcomes. Gravells (2008) suggests that assessment is a process of determining if learning has taken place. Gravells (2008) adds that assessment enables the assessor to find out if a learner has gained the required skills and knowledge needed at a given point towards a course or qualification. This is important to me as a tutor as I need to be aware of the learner?s progress and if they have retained any of the information / training they have been given. Initial assessment Lesley Thorn Training Standards Council (2001) states that Assessment should not be something that is done to somebody. The learner must be involved and feel part of the process. As a tutor the initial assessment is essential; this assessment enables you to get to know your learners which will in turn enable you to support them appropriately. For some learners this will be an opportunity to explain any concerns or worries they may have either relating to the course or any personal issues that may affect their ability to learn. ...read more.

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This is a more formal assessment making method which involves learners taking exams; by doing this the teacher is then able to determine who is achieving. There are many opinions as to whether this type of assessment is in the learners best interests as it can cause anxiety and stress. Wilson (2009) suggests that the teacher should consider the total number of assessments and distribute them across the programme of study. In my area the functional skills test can cause some of my learners to become stressed. Because of this I now run mock tests were they sit in exam conditions and carry these out, they know exactly what to expect and how long they have, by carrying this process out over a period of weeks they have become more used to the setting and when they have their tests they are more relaxed knowing what to expect. Diagnostic assessment This is an evaluation of a candidate?s skills, strengths and weaknesses. This can be carried out with the tutor either on an individual basis or in a group. It gives the tutor clear indication as to what level an individual is working at and also identifies which specific areas of work the learner needs to improve on. The learners at The training centre complete BKSB diagnostic on their induction (appendix 2), this deduces their Numeracy and Literacy level, and also breaks down the areas where extra support is needed. ...read more.

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Assessment should always be current in that the learner must be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge to the current standard. Performance criteria for the award I deliver can change and I must be aware of these changes. I have emails from the awarding body when any of these changes happen. I am then able to update my learner paperwork to reflect this. It is important that I keep up to date with modern practices; this is achieved by continuous professional development. When teaching I use my training room this is set out as a classroom and also has a training area with equipment for practical activities. When delivering a theory session I have access to a whiteboard, flipchart, handouts, TV, DVD, questionnaires. I always ask the learners questions to check that what is being delivered is being absorbed. When I deliver my practical sessions we move to the other side of the room and use the equipment that was purpose bought for my area. The learners are given the standards to the unit they are working on and I always write the aims and objectives on the flipchart so they are able to refer to these when required, this I find takes some of the pressure off me as I do not have to constantly repeat what I have planned with them. ...read more.

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