Assesssing Skills and Practice (Key Guides for Effective by Ruth Pickford; Sally Brown

By Ruth Pickford; Sally Brown

Assessing abilities and perform outlines the way to be sure reasonable, constant and trustworthy evaluation of functional actions. With a specific concentrate on formative suggestions and its function in supporting scholars to appreciate what's required of them, this consultant is filled with recommendation, examples and case studies covering the major parts, together with: assessing around the arts, humanities and sciences – from labwork and scientific perform to bounce assessing oral paintings utilizing suggestions making sure inclusive and reasonable overview. This quantity is a perfect creation for brand new or part-time academics and also will be valued by means of skilled academics who're new to this zone of evaluate or who are looking to enhance their present perform.

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One area in which poor 39 ASSESSING DIVERSE STUDENTS FAIRLY practice can emerge is in selecting the make-up of groups, and sensitivity will need to be exercised when working out group composition. If students self-select their groups, it is possible for those perceived by the majority as outsiders to be left out or marginalised in groups of their own. Sometimes minority students themselves will seek to form groups comprising only students from the same ethnic or racial group as themselves. This may be beneficial to students whose first language is different from the dominant one, since they may have developed very effective mutual support mechanisms, which may be compromised if they are forcibly split up.

When it comes to professional courses that result in a licence to practice, HEIs and professional bodies, under amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act part 2, have a duty of care to ensure that all graduates with professional qualifications are able to demonstrate such fitness to practice, but this should not be used as an excuse to do nothing. A way forward here could be to involve disabled and other students in helping to design a variety of alternatives to traditional forms, methods and approaches to assessment.

Students undertake a module on ‘Writing at University’ which is delivered through four interactive lead lectures. They are required to complete a workbook which gives them plenty of rehearsal and review opportunities to help them develop critical and reflective skills in reading and writing. Many of the students in this study found the higher education context baffling and alien, and overall the study showed that they found the approach very helpful in helping them understand what was required of them.

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