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Unit information: Assessment in Schools in 2021/22

Unit name Assessment in Schools
Unit code EDUCM0037
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Brownhill
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will explore the relationship between learning, teaching and assessment in schools and other educational contexts. It will critically examine recent, current and future developments in the assessment of children, young people and adults at a local, national and international level. It will consider the benefits and costs of various methods of assessment used in schools and other educational contexts, reflecting on the key role that assessment plays in education. Contemporary issues will be examined in relation to the use of assessment as a formative, summative and diagnostic tool to support learning and teaching.

The Unit Aims:

  • To enable students to critically evaluate the methods of assessment that are used in schools and other educational contexts.
  • To provide students with a critical understanding of the issues associated with recent, current and future developments in assessment in schools and other educational contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to demonstrate that they:

  1. are able to critically and systematically evaluate methods of assessment that are used in schools and other educational contexts.
  2. have a deep awareness of a range of important issues within the field of assessment in schools or other educational contexts.
  3. are able to critically and systematically review research and other writings in relation to a select aspect of assessment in schools or other educational contexts.
  4. are able to reflectively develop ideas through peer-presentation, critical discussion and academic writing.

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including seminars, lecture-based input, reading, reflection, presentations and group discussions

Assessment Information

Formative and Summative assessment:

Participants will prepare and deliver a small presentation for peers (formative assessment, 0% weighting, 1000-words equivalent, ILOs 1-4) and then submit a written report (summative assessment, 100% weighting, 3000 words, ILOs 1-4) based on their select aspect of assessment in schools or other educational contexts. This written report will be informed by critical discussion after the presentation with peers, and through wider reading and reflection.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EDUCM0037).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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