ERIC Number: ED398456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
New Perspectives on Assessment. Studies on Technical and Vocational Education 4.
McDonald, Rod; And Others
This book is the fourth in a series aiming to promote international exchange of ideas, experiences, and studies relating to technical and vocational education. The introduction reviews traditional practices in assessment and chapter 2 highlights the connections between assessment and learning, emphasizing that assessment is the most significant prompt for learning. Chapter 3 addresses the need to focus on competence, and describes a competency-based framework of assessment that assumes educational standards can be set, most students can achieve them, different performances can reflect the same standards, and assessors can judge these performances. The chapter suggests use of such a model affects the approach to both training and assessment that is currently being implemented in vocational education in many countries. Chapter 4 highlights recognition of prior learning, recommending that vocational education providers should take account of prior learning because it is sound educational practice; students may be able to progress more quickly, and they are not forced to "learn" things they already know. Chapter 5 considers the use many countries make of external assessment systems for their technical and vocational courses. Chapters 2-5 each contain an annotated list of further readings. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: Product of UNEVOC, the International Project on Technical and Vocational Education. For other documents in this series, see ED 391 949 and CE 072 395-400.