Course Title: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning sector
Student Id: 40078878
Student Name: Tony Baker
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 why.
Suggested word count: 400-600 words.
‘Assessment is a way of finding out if learning has taken place’ (Gravells, 2009, p75)
‘Assessment is the process of finding out about the nature and quality of the students learning’ (Minton, 2002, p197)
In order to do this it is first ...view middle of the document...
‘This ensures a quality check for the course/qualification you are assessing’ (Gravells, 2009, p76)
For each assessment type there are a number of different assessment methods available for each of the assessment types.
Initial or Diagnostic Assessment
During the initial or diagnostic assessment when it is necessary to establish a baseline the various methods available might be a formal interview or more informal question and answer session depending on the level of learning. The lower the level of learning the less stringent and the more informal the method of assessment is likely to be. For example to be accepted on to a course that is teaching basic computer skills, it would not be necessary to require the learners to sit a formal test or interview. It is more likely to be the case that the course tutor would have an informal interview with the learner to establish the level of understanding they currently have, the reasons they have for wanting to do the course, and what outcomes they expect to achieve. A written record of this information could then be kept for the initial or diagnostic assessment. If the course being run was a PhD course then it is far more likely that a formal interview would take place, evidence of formal qualifications would be required, and perhaps independent tests would be carried out. If the course is a practical one, then it is likely that the initial assessment is likely to be a practical assessment of the learner’s current skills.
Formative or Ongoing Assessment
Once the initial/diagnostic assessment has been established, then suitable methods of formative or ongoing assessment will need to be decided on. These are likely to be things like question and answer sessions at the beginning of a session to check learner’s retention of knowledge from previous sessions. Question and answer sessions provide a fairly quick (if learners don’t go off at a tangent) adaptable method of assessing so long as the teacher ensures that all learners are included. A written question and answer session will provide more control, but will require more preparation and will not provide such immediate feedback or more directed attention to learners who might be struggling. Simple observation of learners is often enough to establish who is attentive, and interested, which learners participate more in group discussions. Observation will allow the teacher to encourage the more reticent learners to build their confidence and understanding of the subject. It will also give the teacher the opportunity to perhaps provide more balance to the...