Principles and Practace of Asessment

Unit 3 Principles and practice of assessment
Alan Gregory
Level 4 Theory assessment.
Within the theory assignment for unit three I was required to research the following areas: Principles of assessment, Peer and Self Assessment, Feedback and Questioning and Assessment Record Requirements.
In order to increase my understanding of the areas research was completed to greater embed the skills I need to become an effective teacher.
Through my research I feel I gained an invaluable insight into the way in which I approach my students regarding assessment and be able to incorporate these ideas into my teaching methods.
Principles of assessment.
Wikipedia 2009 defines assessment as:
‘…process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs...’
There are many types of assessment that can convey a variety of information important to the successful measurement of a students learning.
Petty 2004 suggests assessment serves many different purposes. It can provide a long term goal for students to work towards, help grade the learners, give evidence on the effectiveness of a course and allows you to adjust teaching in order to meet all targets or criteria.
In my subject assessment is the key part in showing evidence that the students are competent at each required level of the curriculum.
Types of assessment.
Initial assessment.
Is a starting point this type of assessment allows you to identify the needs of the learner, the current level of ability and can identify any special support that may be needed? It provides the information needed to decide a learners starting point and measure a learner’s progress and achievement.
The more information we have about a student the easier it will be to adapt to suit the learners needs. When working with adults on a level three course it is vital to understand the level at which the students are in order to effectively map out their future progress.
Sometimes it is simply not...