Principles of assessment in lifelong learning.

Outcome 1
(a)Explain the types of assessment used in lifelong learning.

(b) Explain the methods of assessment in lifelong learning.
• Observation: The teacher observes the learners performance.
• Question & Answers: Assesses the learner’s knowledge and verbal skills.
• Assignments: The learners are able to go more in depth with their knowledge and understanding. It also allows learners that struggle under exam conditions chance to prove their knowledge.
• Tests: Helps assess the subject knowledge, and demonstrates areas where learners have a strong understanding and areas needing improvement.
• Approved Prior Learning (APL): Past learning that can be credited towards a new qualification.
• Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Uses learner’s non- certified achievement to demonstrate competence within a unit or qualification.
(c) Compare the strengths and limitations of assessment methods to meet individual learner needs.
As each learner is different you must consider that individuals have different strengths and limitations when it comes to assessments. This is all part of differentiation and inclusive learning.
For example:
Group discussion is successful as it encourages the learners to develop their communication skills and allows them to share each other’s ideas and knowledge of a subject. However this method would not work if it was a small group or if your learners were working at very different levels meaning that the less knowledgeable may feel isolated from the group discussion.
Written assignments can demonstrate a high level of subject knowledge, but learner’s that have learning difficulties would struggle without extra help and support to apply their knowledge into a written assignment.
Realistic target setting is a strong assessment method as it is to the point and direct however it does not encourage the learner to push their learning further to develop...