Module Identifier ED31610  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Richard Daugherty  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   50%  
  Assignment   1 or 2 assignments totalling approximately 2, 500 words   50%  

Brief description
This module provides an introduction to concepts, issues and practice in educational assessment. It links questions of technique to the contexts in which those techniques are used and the principles governing the design of assessment systems. Underlying each of the topics and examples covered in the course is the recurring issue of fitness for purpose.

This module aims to:

provide an introduction to concepts, issues and practice in educational assessment;
link questions of the measurement of attainment to the educational, social and political contexts of assessment systems;
identify the concepts and principles governing the design of assessment systems;
through a series of case studies, explore how an understanding of concepts and principles can contribute to an understanding of schemes and systems of assessment.

Course Outline

The assessment process: experience and questions
What makes a igoodi assessment? Some key concepts
Designing a scheme of assessment: specification, scope and purposes
Assessment systems: the GCSE examination
Assessment systems: National Curriculum Assessment
Assessment systems: A level and GNVQ
Issues 1: formative assessment
Issues 2: standardising teachersi assessments
Issues 3: national standards
Overview: concepts, issues and trends

Reading Lists
Broadfoot, P.. (1996) Education, Assessment and Society. Buckingham: Open University Press
Black, P.. (1998) Testing: Friend or Foe? Theory and Practice of Assessment and Testing. London: Falmer Press