Concept of 3 Types of Assessment

1. Introduction

In this assignment, I am going to explore the concept of assessment and its role in the teaching and learning cycle and then finish by evaluating 3 types of assessment.

2. Theory

2.1 Assessment

What is an assessment?   Alan Rogers (1994, p172) defines assessment as collection of data on which we base our evaluation. According to Reece and Walker (2008, p5) assessment consists of tests and observations that we, as tutor, use to determine how well the students has achieved the objectives.   Geoff Petty (2004, p449) writes that “Assessment measures the breadth and depth of learning”. Assessments are used in all areas and domain of everyday life, whether formal or informal, ranging from taking a written or practical driving test to claims for income support or acquiring life insurance on-line.   This assignment focuses on assessment within further education and teaching learners.

There are generally two ways of assessment, formative and summative.   According to Ashcroft and Forman-Peck (1994, p54) “Assessment is generally taken to mean a judgement about the progress (formative assessment) or achievement (summative assessment) of a particular student’s learning”.   Reece and Walker’s (2008, p323) distinction between formative and summative is one to satisfy the needs of the society (‘summative’ assessment) and the other type of assessment is to help in both teaching and learning (‘formative’ assessment).

2.2 Initial Assessment

During the time of enrolment I carry out an initial assessment. The initial assessment is used to check the students computing knowledge and their previous accounting experience. The initial assessment is completed by answering seven simple questions. Each of these questions are geared towards finding out their knowledge and interest levels for enrolling on this course. In my teaching experience I have applied many types of assessment and have found the initial assessment method to be one of the most...