ERIC Number: ED380540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Working towards Best Practice in Assessment. A Case Study Approach to Some Issues Concerning Competency-Based Assessment in the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
Bloch, Barbara; Thomson, Peter
Between July and November 1993, a cross-section of Australia's school- and workplace-based vocational education and training programs was studied to identify programs using innovative assessment strategies and materials. As innovative strategies/materials were identified, the study methodology was revised and a case study approach was adopted. The eight programs selected for study were competency-based programs. They represented a mix of school and workplace programs and prepared students for certificates in widely ranging areas/occupations, including the following: adult general education, engineering production, carpentry and joinery, public administration, restaurant service, and occupational health and safety. The practices and materials used in each program were identified and discussed. The following issues emerging from the case studies were examined: assessor training; integrating learning and assessment; validity and reliability; literacy, numeracy, and language; enterprise and industry standards; and assessment instruments. (Most of this document consists of the eight case studies. The individual case study reports contain the following kinds of sample materials/exhibits: sample learning activities/modules, assessor guidelines, competency assessment checklists, student assessment criteria, competency statements and corresponding performance criteria, and sample tests. The bibliography lists 10 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Case Studies, Competence, Competency Based Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Postsecondary Education, Standards, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Tests, Vocational Education
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia