ERIC Number: ED476326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Initial Assessment: A Learner Centred Process.
This document contains a booklet and companion CD-ROM that introduce and describe a learner-centered assessment process for assessing students' basic skills upon entry into post-16 provision at further education colleges in the United Kingdom. After introducing the concept of learner-centered assessment, the booklet outlines a comprehensive, holistic approach to assessment that includes the following activities: matching programs to learners' interests, aspirations, abilities, and needs; identifying levels of study or work; identifying individual strengths and learning needs; and assessing and responding to learning styles. Discussed next are the following aspects of managing the assessment process: consistency; staff confidence and competence; standardized administrative systems; and quality assurance. The remaining 50% of the booklet presents case studies of the four colleges whose practices are highlighted on the CD-ROM and a checklist for improving initial assessment. The appendix presents pertinent definitions. The CD-ROM is designed as an interactive flexible resource for free exploration of the initial assessment process. It uses video clips from actual college practice to illustrate the student-centered assessment process and explore issues related to assessment. (Materials that are being used at the case study colleges, including checklists, sample letters and student forms, questionnaires, and a tutor guide to learning preferences have been printed from the CD-ROM and are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Check Lists, Cognitive Style, College Students, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Needs Assessment, Numeracy, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Student Placement, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (50 British pounds). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text of booklet: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/PDF/ISBN1853388416.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators; Support Staff
Sponsor: Learning and Skills Council, Coventry (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom