Dtlls, Assessment Unit 3

Unit 3 Part 2


Analyse the purpose of assessment and produce a written justification of your chosen assessment methods.

“Assessment is a way of finding out if learning has taken place. It enables you, the assessor to ascertain if your learner has gained the required skills and knowledge needed at a given point towards a course or qualification.” (Gravells, 2008, p.74).

The assessment methods that I have chosen are part of my approach to confirming that learning has happened. Both observation and computer programmes can be either formative or summative, depending on the success of the outcome.   ‘‘Formative assessment is an interim judgement. It is also known as ‘continuous assessment’. ’’ (Wilson, 2009, p.273)

Petty believes that the majority of all successful learning comes from experiences (petty 2009). This can be linked to Kolb’s learning cycle. He describes that in order to learn from experience, the learners needs to reflect on their understanding and experiences, both positive and negative. The first assessment is carried out in the initial stages of the course;   this allows any needs that the learner has to be supported. It also allows any previous experience the learner has to be taken on board.

There are different types of assessment. Initial and diagnostic, this tends to take place at the start of the course.   Formative is an on going assessment running along side the course. It is used to ensure that learning is and has been successful. It also allows teacher’s the opportunity to offer feedback to the learners on their progress. “Careful feedback can motivate, enlighten and provide a vehicle for development. Bad feedback can destroy confidence.”(Wilson, 2009, p.118).   During practical activities, such as making bread in cookery, the learner will not always get the technique to making dough correct.   This has to be reiterated until the learner does improve their method.   When giving feedback, we know with our learners that...