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ERIC Number: EJ963405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-7572
Evolving Project E-Scape for National Assessment
Kimbell, Richard
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v22 n2 p135-155 May 2012
In the opening paper in this Special Edition I outlined the major issues that led to the establishment of "project e-scape". The project was intended to develop systems and approaches that enabled learners to build real-time web-based portfolios of their performance (initially) in design & technology and additionally to build systems and approaches to facilitate the web-based assessment of those portfolios. The project was commissioned by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) with additional "buy-in" from Awarding Bodies--who were seen by QCA as the leading beneficiaries of a successful project. The project was designed in three phases. I have outlined--in the Introduction to this Special Edition--the early exploratory work that we undertook within phase 1, the aim of which was to prove the viability of the concept. This was achieved, and QCA then commissioned phase 2 with a brief to build a working prototype system and run it through a national pilot-testing programme in 2006. Age 15 was the target age-group, aligning as closely as we could with the Awarding Body requirements for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) that runs with age 16 learners. The successes of the phase 2 prototype--both as classroom activity and as reliable assessment--led QCA and Becta (the body responsible for funding ICT developments in schools) to commission phase 3 in which we explored the potential of the e-scape system for wider application. Specifically, we were required to demonstrate the "transferability" of the system to other curriculum areas beyond design & technology, and the "scalability" of the system if it were to be used for national assessment purposes, with hundreds of thousands of candidates. In this paper, I outline the approach that we adopted through the e-scape research; describe the major elements of the work both in terms of classroom/curriculum practice and in terms of new approaches to assessment; and analyse some of the key issues that arise from it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom