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.
Chapter 1: Higher education and employability
Chapter 2: Summative assessment in disarray
Chapter 3: Formative assessment: unrealized potential
Chapter 4: Key themes in thinking about assessment
Chapter 5: Diversifying assessment methods
Chapter 6: Assessing for employability
Chapter 7: Authenticity in assessment
Chapter 8: Optimizing the reliability of assessment
Chapter 9: Making better use of formative assessment
Chapter 10: Progression
Chapter 11: Claims making
Chapter 12: Assessment systems in academic departments
Chapter 13: Developing the institutional assessment system
Chapter 14: Conclusions
Series: Society for Research Into Higher Education
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1