The types of assessment in lifelong learning are:
Diagnostic assessment: This is to assess past learning and is often used to assess the standards of students before work starts Formative assessment: This is an ongoing assessment to see how learners have taken in information and can be conducted as homework, quizzes or informal discussions. Summative assessment: The concluding assessment to a period of teaching such as A’ levels or GSCE’s
Taking the above there are for’s and against’s in all the above methods such as the exam environment can put dread into people whilst others revel in it. Many learners are more practical than exam orientated and as such would be better at doing an oral assessment or practical assessment. Some people are very good at remembering whilst others cant retain information over a long period but doesn’t mean they will be a bad learner. Finally the educator assessment which is vital to maintain standards can be a stress on the educator who is already under time and work pressures.
At the Priory Trust which delivers apprenticeships in the workplace, we have a BSA assessment that is carried out on initial enrolment of a learner and identifies any weaknesses in the learners maths/English abilities and could identify whether enrolement on the qualification, or referral to another company to increase maths/English abilities is the correct route. I also discuss their job role to ensure the learner is able to meet the criteria of the qualification. The formative work is done over a period of aprox 12 months and is a period when assessment is done by workbooks, discussions, observations and witness statements to collate information that will cover the units the learner is doing. If during that time more learning is required then this is identified by the leaner, TA or mentor. The summarative work is carried out by an internal verifier who checks the TA’s work and then at certain times an external verifier from the awarding...
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