Level 4 Cttls

The role of a diagnostic or Initial Assessment and its affects/outcomes of learning.

The role of a diagnostic and initial assessment is to first and foremost, try and identify candidate’s needs and skill sets. There are different types and styles of these assessments. Each designed and set up in such a way to identify particular skills, traits, interests and needs.
Initial and diagnostic assessment begins the process of getting to know learners and building a relationship with them.
  * Initial assessment happens at the time of a learner’s transition into a new learning programme. It is a holistic process, during which you and the learner start to build up a picture of their achievements, skills, interests, previous learning experiences and goals, and the learning needs associated with those goals. This information is used as a basis for negotiating a course or programme.
  * Diagnostic assessment helps to identify specific learning strengths and needs. It determines learning targets and appropriate teaching and learning strategies to achieve them. This is important because many learners have higher-level skills in some areas than in others. Diagnostic assessment happens initially at the beginning of a learning programme and subsequently when the need arises. It is related to specific skills needed for tasks.

Initial and diagnostic assessment should involve a range of methods and approaches, none of which is sufficient on its own. It is important to evaluate the quality of information obtained from particular methods. Once you have begun to get to know the learners and their learning preferences, you will be better able to select the appropriate assessment methods. The methods of gathering and types of assessment can include:

Documents (CV`s etc.) and records give evidence of achievements and include qualifications, records of achievement, references, non-academic certificates and awards.
Self-assessment (basic skills & functioning...