Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment 1. Explain the functions of assessment in learning and development Assessment is to judge someone against set criteria to establish whether they are capable to perform a particular activity/job. Assessments can take many different forms i.e. assignments, oral and written questions or professional discussion all of which help to demonstrate the knowledge the individual has developed through learning, these all support the decision of whether the individual is competent or not. 2. Define the following four key concepts and principles of assessment Validity – the work submitted is appropriate and relevant to the unit. Authenticity – is the piece of work pure or genuine and is the individuals own work, is there any indication of plagiarism? Reliability – the work is not out of date, it has current dates and signatures. Sufficiency – the individual can perform consistently to the required level. 4 marks (a minimum of 4 marks required)
3. Explain three responsibilities of an assessor.
1. Assessing the individual’s current knowledge and choosing appropriate assessment methods. 2. Giving feedback to the individual after each observation made or piece of work marked against criteria. All feedback is recorded on feedback sheets and all relevant signatures and dates and done in order to authenticate the document. 3. Recording assessment decisions on observation checklists and following this through with comments made against the performance criteria.
4. Outline three regulatory requirements that are relevant to assessment. 1. The Equality Act 2010
3. The data protections act 1998
5. Complete the following, comparing the strengths and limitations of the following assessment methods with reference to the needs of individual learners
6. Briefly summarise four key factors to consider when planning an assessment 1. Consider ways in which a line manager or an employer can be used when planning an assessment they are the best person to show ‘sufficiency ‘ about a learner and they also know what the most beneficial period in the learners wok schedule to support the assessment 2. From looking at learners work schedule think about what kinds of evidence can be gathered in one assessment plan i.e. watching a learner support/deliver an activity session you will be able to watch them set up/take down equipment, risk assess the environment health and safety checks etc. This is a holistic approach to gathering evidence. 3. Make sure that each learner is aware of all assessment methods and has a clear understanding of what is expected of them during each visit 4. If you require additional evidence to support what you have gathered so far think about different means of gathering this i.e. professional discussion to support the health and safety requirement of the learners work environment. You can also use a correct member of staff in the work placement to complete witness testimonies. 7. Outline three advantages of using a holistic approach to assessment •You can gather several pieces of evidence is one assessment period. •You are able to pre-empt what may happen during your next visit so you can plan ahead. •you can plan your assessments to what the learners are doing in their work environment and then link these to the standards as opposed to the other way around. 8. Explain how to plan a holistic assessment
Think about the key or naturally occurring activities that the learner does at their place of work. Pre-empt or plan ahead with the assessment plans for each time a criteria may occur. Then plan ahead for what may occur next or what you need to gather next. Other assessment methods can also be used i.e. professional discussions and witness testimonies. 9. Taking into account your own area of expertise outline two risks that an assessor needs to consider when...
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