ERIC Number: ED369370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment Issues in Higher Education.
Atkins, M. J.; And Others
This report reviews assessment issues from a British perspective with particular regard to the implications that the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Framework will have for assessment in higher education. It considers assessment in relation to the various purposes of higher education and puts forward a number of practical suggestions for improving the quality of assessment--suggestions aimed at individual lecturers, at departments, and at institutional managers. Four purposes of higher education are addressed: (1) the provision of a general educational experience of intrinsic value to the student in its own right; (2) preparation for knowledge creation, dissemination, or application in a specific discipline or field; (3) vocational preparation for specific occupations; and (4) preparation for more general employment. The problem is shown to be the separation of assessment of theory from assessment of competence, capability, and performance. The report includes a discussion of the inter-relationship of knowledge, understanding, and competence. An examination is also provided of the impact that assessment has on student learning, in particular, the way that some assessment practices lead to superficial, rote learning that is personally meaningless to the student and quickly forgotten once testing is complete. Appendices include a list of the abilities and attitudes desirable in students. Contains 98 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, General Education, Higher Education, Learning Theories, Outcomes of Education, Professional Education, Role of Education, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Employment, London (England). Further and Higher Education Branch.
Authoring Institution: Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom