ERIC Number: ED450842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Assessment & Learning.
Battersby, Mark, Ed.
Learning Quarterly, v3 n3 Fall 1999
The articles in this issue of Learning Quarterly, published by the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer, and Technology (British Columbia), discuss the relationship between assessment and learning. Assessment can be used for three purposes in education: (1) to evaluate and credential (grade); (2) to determine institutional effectiveness; and (3) to promote learning. One article states that the practice and feedback aspect of assessment is what contributes most dramatically to student learning. Effective learning occurs where students come to internalize the project of learning, benefit from having meaningful assignments that develop their knowledge and skills, and receive useful feedback in order to improve performance. Assessment should not be limited to grading and credentialing. The best approach to assessment should express an understanding of the true role of educators and educational institutions, give clear articulation to educational goals, enhance student learning, and satisfy public demand for competent graduates and effective institutions. It is particularly important to explore the impact of assessment on student learning and motivation, and to augment understanding of the powerful implications of accountability. A key attribute of an effective learner is the ability to critically analyze one's achievements and progress. Self-assessment, or learner agency, is the core of assessment, as ultimately the learner must take responsibility and ownership of the learning process. (JA)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Methods, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Learning, Student Needs
Learning Quarterly, Centre for Curriculum, Transfer & Technology, Sixth Floor, 1483 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3K4 ($25 Canadian/year). For full text: http://www.ctt.bc.ca/LQ.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Higher Education Alliance.
Identifiers - Location: Canada