Principles of assessment in lifelong learning.
Assessment is a way of finding out if your student has acquired the required skills from their programme of learning and whether learning has taken place. If assessment is not carried out you will not know whether students have learnt or not. Assessment types include initial, formative and summative. Initial assessment takes place before the student commences a programme of learning. Formative assessment is an ongoing process during the student’s time on the programme and for the teacher to get ongoing feedback to show development. Summative assessments occur at the end of the programme and can be an exam or a formal assignment. The methods of assessment used will depend on what the student is being assessed on i.e. knowledge, skills or attitudes. A method can be formal which will be awarded by an external organisation or informal within your own learning environment. However, the methods used must take into account equality and diversity and also any special needs the student may have. They must also be suited to the level and ability of the student. In my own specialist area of teaching students with special needs the main awarding body used is ASDAN. It specifically offers programmes and qualifications that develop skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life .ASDAN's charitable purpose is: “The advancement of education, by providing opportunities for all learners to develop their personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through ASDAN awards and resources, and the relief of poverty, where poverty inhibits such opportunities for learners” (ASDAN, 2012). Method
Activities or tasks which cover theory and practice
A well written assignment will allow student to show language and literacy skills. Also allows independent learning. Students must have good writing skills and plagiarism could be an issue. Examinations
Bibliography: ASDAN - http://www.asdan.org.uk/About_ASDAN
Gravells, A. (2012) (5th Edition) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector: the New Award. Sage Publications Ltd.
Ifl - www.ifl.ac.uk
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