Exploring learning-oriented assessment processes

This paper proposes a model of learning-oriented assessment to inform assessment theory and practice. The model focuses on three interrelated processes: the assessment tasks which students undertake; students’ development of self-evaluative capacities; and student engagement with feedback. These three strands are explored through the analysis of assessment practice in context. The research method involves in-depth classroom observations of five recipients of awards for teaching excellence across multiple disciplines; and semi-structured interviews with these teachers and a sample of their students. Findings highlight assessment tasks promoting thinking and practicing in the discipline; the use of critical reviews to develop student understandings of quality work; and ‘same day feedback’ to promote timely dialogues with students. The coherence of the model is discussed and some areas for further exploration are suggested.

author
Carless, David
language
ENG
date
2015
Pages
p. 963-976
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themes
Educational evaluation

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