Unit 301

CET 6502 Lecture Handout – Planning to meet the needs of
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Initial & Diagnostic Assessment
Initial and diagnostic assessment begins the process of getting to know a learner and
building a relationship with them.
Initial assessment


involves finding out the learner’s level to help them choose an appropriate
programme



Happens at the time of a learners’ transition into a new learning programme



Helps to identify learners individual achievements, skills, interests and learning
needs

Diagnostic assessment


identifying a learner’s specific strengths and needs



determines targets and appropriate teaching and learning strategies to meet these



happens initially at the beginning of a programme and also when the need arises

Role of Initial & Diagnostic Assessment


Negotiate and agree individual learning plans



Personalise learning



A continuous process for assessment for learning (AFL)



Explore progression routes



Identify and prepare for next steps

Factors for positive Initial & Diagnostic Assessment


Involves learners



Supports learners

CET 6502 Lecture Handout – Planning to meet the needs of
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Recognises strengths and achievements



Links to learners own experience



Making it relevant to the learners specific context for learning

Some Methods to use for Initial assessment


Discussions



Observation



Documents



Self-assessment



Structured activities

Types of Assessment


Initial assessment



Formative assessment



Summative assessment

These are types, not methods, in which you can categorise your methods. The various
methods you may use are below (please see below diagram)

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