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Tutorials with Fliss: Assessment in Education

Tutorials with Fliss: Assessment in Education
You need to e mail some work to discuss first. This can be either:
A plan of the essay or one page of writing
The tutorial will give you feedback on the work you have done so far
Arrange to see Sonya (ELCOS) to work on language. I will send her this PowerPoint.

4 parts to the assignment (a,b,c and d)
All parts must be answered
Each part should have a sub-heading in text to show you are answering that section

An introduction
A conclusion
A reference list- anything referenced in essay (20 references minimum)
A bibliography- anything relevant you have read but not referenced
You must attach a submission/marking sheet to your essay before you upload to Turnitin.

Give an overview of assessment in education – What is it?
Why is it important? How does it impact
the individual?
the school?
the country?
Use definitions from literature – are they all the same or are there different opinions? Provide a range of opinions if possible. Write critically.
Briefly summarise the difference between formative and summative assessment (with references)

a) Design a short assessment task for students within one age range in the subject area of your choice:
Early Years: 0 – 4 or 5 – 7 years,
Primary: 7 – 11 years,
Secondary: 11 – 16 years,
Higher Education: 16 – 18 years
Adult learners: 18 + years

You could draw on your experience on placement to do this
Must be linked to one curricular area (school) or equivalent (setting)
Select one skill, concept or knowledge area to assess
The assessment task must be made up of 2 different activities.
Can be formative or summative

Use the literature about quality assurance in assessment to guide you in designing the 2 activities within the assessment task.
They should take different formats appropriate to age of
student and what is being assessed e.g.
Written: essay, multiple choice, case study, comprehension through questions
Verbal: presentation, interview, explanation
Practical: experiment, field work, observed activity, listening task, portfolio of work
As well as presenting the 2 activities, you must explain briefly how the assessment would take place:
The type of setting or school
The appropriate assessment environment and conditions for assessment
The role of the assessor / examiner – who would carry out the assessment or assess the result?
The time it would take to carry out and at what time of year or times of year

Explain why you have designed them the way you have. This must be linked to literature.
Use literature about:
Assessing students at different ages – what’s considered appropriate
The curriculum area – what is most commonly used and why?
The types of assessment chosen – why are these considered successful?
b) Analyse, with reference to literature, how your assessment task could contribute to monitoring and improving provision in a school or setting of your choice.

How could educators use the results from your assessment task to improve teaching and learning?
How could this be developed across the school or setting?
You should analyse both of the activities and say what elements of each one could help improve teaching and learning
This must be linked to literature. You could include literature about:
Individual children’s progress
Course / curriculum development
School improvement
What adaptations to your assessment task could be made for students with additional learning needs, if needed?

You could, for example, consider students with
dyslexia – what might dyslexic students need?

Refer to literature about inclusive assessment and adapted or modified assessment.
Summarise the role that assessment plays in education.
Include at least one advantage and disadvantage of assessment in education in your conclusion (linked to literature). This needs to be related to your assessment task.

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