ESM438 - Evaluating Children's Progress
Offered in alternate years 2012, 2014
The unit reviews current issues in the evaluation (assessment) of children's classroom performances and is relevant to K-12 teachers, in mathematics and all other Key Learning Areas. Children, or other students, in non-school settings (e.g. Special Education, Scouts, swimming schools, AMEB music, dance or sports clubs), may also be considered as subjects for assessment wherever deliberately intended learning may occur. In addition to discussing traditional issues such as the validity and reliability of testing procedures, a wide range of alternative assessment procedures is introduced. Students are invited to evaluate the assessment procedures used in an educational institution with an action research approach. In this way, assessment tasks can relate to students' work interests. Literacy, numeracy, benchmarking, objective learning outcomes and outcomes-based-education, the impact of computer and other technologies on the curriculum, and computer-based reporting, for example, may be used as the focus for such assessment tasks.