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Improving Assessment through Student Involvement : Practical Solutions for Aiding Learning in Higher and Further Education - Nancy Falchikov

Improving Assessment through Student Involvement

Practical Solutions for Aiding Learning in Higher and Further Education

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2006
ISBN: 9780415308205
Number Of Pages: 292

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Staff developers, lecturers and researchers in both higher and further education institutions will welcome this comprehensive yet critical guide to achieving effective student involvement in assessment. Based on worldwide literature on the topic and over fifteen years of research by the author, it includes chapters on self, peer, collaborative and group assessment and feedback, as well as taking a look at key issues such as reliability, viability and maintenance of quality. Problems associated with student involvement are also explored and practical solutions that can be implemented are discussed. This highly accessible book is grounded in day-to-day practice and is full of helpful advice, provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and gives suggestions for further reading throughout.

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
The seven pillars of assessmentp. 1
Why assess?p. 1
How to assess?p. 4
What to assess?p. 8
When to assess?p. 22
Who does the assessing?p. 27
How well do we assess?p. 28
Whither? What do we do or where do we go next?p. 31
What's wrong with traditional assessment?p. 32
Limitations of assessment as measurementp. 32
Reliability and bias in teacher and examiner markingp. 34
Negative side effects of traditional assessmentp. 36
The relationship between traditional assessment and academic dishonestyp. 40
The role of the Internet in facilitating and detecting cheatingp. 52
Advice to practitioners: strategies for preventing cheatingp. 54
Summaryp. 57
Internet resources to help combat plagiarismp. 58
Changing definitions of assessmentp. 59
Assessment as measurementp. 60
Assessment as procedurep. 60
Assessment as enquiryp. 62
Assessment and accountabilityp. 62
Assessment as quality controlp. 63
A synthesis of viewsp. 64
Problems associated with the four paradigmsp. 67
Variations within the category of assessment as enquiryp. 68
Key differences between traditional and alternative assessmentsp. 80
Why do teachers involve students in assessment?p. 83
Themes from the 1950s to 1980sp. 83
The 1990s: benefits and pressuresp. 85
The early 2000s: the rise of the machines?p. 101
Overviewp. 107
Summary: benefits of involving students in assessmentp. 112
How may students be involved in assessment?p. 117
Peer assessmentp. 117
Self-assessmentp. 120
Collaborative assessmentp. 125
What is the level of student involvement?p. 127
What do students assess?p. 139
How are assessments carried out?p. 141
Recommendations to help combat bias in alternative assessmentsp. 147
Conclusionp. 149
Practical peer assessment and feedback: problems and solutionsp. 151
Frequently asked questionsp. 151
Peer feedback markingp. 167
Final commentp. 176
How well are students able to judge their own work?p. 177
A qualitative review of self-assessment studiesp. 178
A meta-analysis of student self-assessment studiesp. 180
Recent self-assessment studiesp. 183
Conclusionp. 189
How reliable or valid are student peer assessments?p. 190
A meta-analysis of peer assessment studiesp. 190
Resultsp. 193
Recommendations to practitioners for implementing peer assessmentp. 198
Future work in this areap. 198
Assessment of groups by peersp. 200
A survey of group peer assessment studiesp. 201
Problems of peer assessment in groupsp. 203
Strategies for designing and marking group assignmentsp. 209
Preparing for peer assessment in groupsp. 211
Summary: recommendations for overcoming problems associated with peer assessment in groupsp. 218
Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) and student involvementp. 222
What can be achieved by the use of CAA?p. 222
CAA and assessment of higher order skillsp. 225
Functions of CAAp. 228
Summary: advice to practitionersp. 241
Past, present and futuresp. 245
Referencesp. 256
Author indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780415308205
ISBN-10: 0415308208
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.15  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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