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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Session 7

Learning Outcomes:
identify different forms of assessment identify the strengths and challenges of different forms of assessment define initial, formative and summative assessment

identify appropriate forms of assessment for your micro teach


All embracing term covers any of the situations in which some aspects of a students education is measured.
assessment the deliberate and overt measurement of educational performance in order to provide information for purposes beyond the immediate interactive learning situation. P Broadfoot (1996)


On your own identify three situations in which you have been assessed.


In pairs, discuss: how you felt whilst being assessed what made it a good assessment or what you think needed to be changed to improve it.


What do you consider to be good practice in keeping learners involved in their own assessment.

What makes a good assessment?



Sufficiency of assessment


Selecting and using an appropriate method of assessment in relation to the skills or knowledge being assessed.
Do the assessments measure what they claim to do?


Does it represent the real world of the topic? Does it capture deep learning?


Is the assessment consistent? Could you expect the same range of results in each group? If I do the test today and tomorrow will I get the same results?


Does it provide evidence that the learner possess the skills and knowledge being claimed? Is the evidence related to the learners current competence?

Sufficiency of Assessment

Is there enough evidence to support the judgement being made?

Forms of Assessment

Forms of Assessment

Initial Formative/ interim Summative

Initial Assessment
Establishing the previous knowledge, understanding, learning of learners. Assessing levels of literacy and numeracy. Diagnosing preferred learning style. Setting the correct starting point for each individual.

Initial Assessment | Methods

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Computer tests Written tests Free writing Questionnaires

Oral questioning

Formative Assessment

Assessment is integrated with the learning and takes place throughout the learning process. It gives tutor and learner feedback on progress, showing strengths and limitations of learning taking place.

Formative Assessment | Methods

Observation Oral questioning Written questions Professional discussion

Work product evidenceSkills tests/case study/projects/assign mentsSimulationWitn ess testimony

Summative Assessment

Summative assessment is concerned with the final summing up, coming at the end of the course, unit etc. It is a judgement on whether a student has passed a course and gives a guideline to others, eg employers etc, as to the level of the students attainment.

Summative Assessment | Methods

End of module/year exams or tests End of module/year assignments Final observation Product evidence present in portfolio


Complete your session plan and session plan, evaluation

Prepare your resources

Complete the reading on the website

Complete criteria 1 of Unit 012