ERIC Number: ED059654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment of Students by Formal Assignments.
New Zealand universities have been examining the possibilities of abolishing end-of-year examinations and placing more importance on coursework. This monograph offers the alternative of assessing students by formal assignments. The formal assignment system has 4 essential characteristics which distinguish it from other methods of assessment. (1) A formal assignment may be the result of any type of educational activity, provided that there is sufficient tangible evidence of study which can be assessed by tutors and be available for moderation by an external examiner at the end of the course. (2) Each student with his tutor analyses and discusses the merit and failings of his assignment in regular individual tutorials with the overt aim of personal intellectual development. (3) Students know beforehand on what specific work they are to be assessed and usually are expected to contribute to the definition of the assignment. (4) The grade awarded at the end of the course is based on the assessment of assignments carried out throughout the entire course. (HS)
Descriptors: College Students, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Higher Education, Self Evaluation
New Zealand University Student's Organization, P.O. Box 6368, Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Univ. Students Association, Wellington.