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Review a range of different assessment methods available and explain the ones you would use for your subject area. Evaluate the use of assessment methods in different contexts, including reference to initial assessment. Justify the types of assess

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Unit 1 PTTLS Level 4 Question 7 Review a range of different assessment methods available and explain the ones you would use for your subject area. Evaluate the use of assessment methods in different contexts, including reference to initial assessment. Justify the types of assessment records you would complete and explain why. Initial, Formative and Summative assessment are all equally important, not only for the student, but also the tutor. Without an initial assessment, a teacher will not be able to ascertain their student's abilities or previous subject knowledge. Initial assessment is imperative for considering the pupils individual needs. (QDCA 2009) Formative is a continual form of assessment such as assignments, individual or group projects, observation and even peer and self-assessment. ...read more.

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On a day to day basis it may be better to use a criterion based assessment method as this would allow a larger number of students to pass. The outcome of assessment should always be positive and not de-motivate the student. (G, Petty.1998) The QDCA (2007) feel that assessment should always be constructive and sensitive thus avoiding a negative emotional impact on the student. It is believed that feedback has more effect on the overall achievement of a student than any other factor and it is not whether the assessment is formative or summative that is important, but the timing of the feedback. It is also very important to ensure that the formative assessments during the course are no less rigorous than the summative assessments at the end, otherwise the 'corrective help' could be ineffectual and actually cause a much bigger issue for the student in the long run. ...read more.

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subject knowledge and experience for the tutor, but by asking the students to read out a paragraph about their own musical background would work as a good icebreaker. The use of observational assessment during the practical section of lessons would be invaluable for constructive feedback and short assignments could be set the theory sections. Each module for the course would work towards a final summative assessment that would involve both a written exam and a practical assignment. By recording the outcome of each lesson and formative assessment on an excel spreadsheet, the tutor can ensure the subject matter is fully understood by the students as they work towards a final summative test. This allows for portability via the inter/intranet, easy editing, and the ability to view their entire classes progress together for comparison. ...read more.

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