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ERIC Number: EJ778141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Perils in the Meticulous Specification of Goals and Assessment Criteria
Sadler, D. Royce
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v14 n3 p387-392 Nov 2007
The implementation of assessment policies can sometimes achieve almost the reverse of what was originally intended. Studies published in a special issue of "Assessment in Education" provide the basis for this bird's eye view of particular practices in post-compulsory education and training in the UK. Problems identified include the trend towards extremely fine-grained approaches to measuring achievement, and a strong social drive to help learners, some with personal histories of spectacular "unsuccess", to obtain a qualification. The assessment practices focus on methods of getting students through--often at the expense of what it really means to learn. The present situation is unlikely to be turned around unless there is clear articulation of appropriate conceptual foundations for both pedagogy and assessment, followed by practices that are consistent with them. Examination boards could play a critical leadership role in bringing this reform about.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom