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The Art of Evaluation

Posted by Web Systems on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 9:24am

Effective, appropriate and useful assessment can be difficult for a number of reasons, some of which include:

  • People have fragile egos (Stephen Brookfield)
  • Complexity of the materials that need to be measured
  • Assessment involves inevitable choices about what will be assessed and what will be omitted
  • Unmeasurable influences affect learner achievement
  • Serendipitous learning adds magic to learning and is difficult to assess
  • Learners learn at different levels, yet assessment needs to reflect learning at the same level at which instruction took place

(Adapted from The Art of Evaluation by Tara Fenwick and Jim Parsons)