Overview About Assessment

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This piece of coursework provides an overview about assessment: explores the various types of assessment. It summarises the importance of recording assessment documents within an organisation. It also evaluates a range of initial assessment methods presented in the classroom task. It also includes copies of the materials used for the session in Appendix A ; peer and tutor evaluation in Appendix B.

Assessment methods
Assessment has a very important role in the education process: it affects the students’ approach to learning and determines much of the work students undertake. Assessment is about identifying strengths and weaknesses however it is much more than simply giving marks and grades. The assessment process involves making a judgement: there is a then an inevitable possibility of subjectivity by the teacher; they need to aim for an assessment which is as objective and fair as possible. (http://www.brookes.ac.uk) There are two different types of assessment and both of them include several techniques. The two types are: formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment (assessment for learning) happens during the course, teachers usually use them to improve learning and the nature of formative assessment is diagnostic. Teachers can use formative assessment to improve their teaching methods; students can use them to gain an idea of their success. Summative assessment (assessment of learning) happens usually at the end of the course, provides a direct link to the outcomes of the course and most of the time a grade is given. Future employers can use summative assessments for job selection; another use of them is curriculum reviews. Students can use summative assessments to select further courses and examining/validating bodies can use them for award of grades and diplomas ( City of Westminster College) (Reece and Walker, 2007) There are various techniques that a teacher can use to assess the students, some techniques are solely used as...
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