Principles of assessment in lifelong learning
Student: Bettina Hollis
Tutor: Pauline Adams
Task A Research Report
In this report I will discuss several form of assessments and their usefulness in my specific skills area. In order to be able to do that one has to ask the question What is an assessment and why do we asses? Gravells (2012:110) states that Assessment is a way of finding out if learning has taken place. It enables you to ascertain if your student has gained the required skills, knowledge and/or attitudes needed at a given point towards their program of learning.
The main assessment types are initial (the the beginning of a course), formative (ongoing, all the way through the course)and summative (at the end of the course). Which assessment form one chooses depends on the subject and requirements of the awarding body. The initial assessment would happen on the first day of a course or during a pre-course interview. Gravells (2012:50) says: This is the formal way of ascertaining your sudents' prior skills and/or knowledge of the subject to be taken and whether they have any specific needs. It can take place over the phone or in person and can include various tests such as subject based skills but also...