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Assessment might dictate the curriculum, but what dictates assessment?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Almost all tertiary educators make assessment choices, for example, when they create an assessment task, design a rubric, or write multiple-choice items. Edu¬ cators potentially have access to a variety of evidence and materials regarding good assessment practice but may not choose to consult them or be success¬ ful in translating these into practice. In this article, we propose a new challenge for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: the need to study the disjunction between proposals for assessment "best practice" and assessment in practice by examining the assessment decision-making of teachers. We suggest that assessment decision-making involves almost all university teachers, occurs at multiple levels, and is influenced by expertise, trust, culture, and policy. Assessment may dictate the curriculum from the student's perspective, and we argue that assess¬ ment decision-making dictates assessment.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Dawson, P., Bearman, M., Boud, D. J., Hall, M., Molloy, E. K., Bennett, S., & Joughin, G. (2013). Assessment might dictate the curriculum, but what dictates assessment?. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(1), 107-111. doi:10.20343/teachlearninqu.1.1.107

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84890859099

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 107

End Page


  • 111

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Almost all tertiary educators make assessment choices, for example, when they create an assessment task, design a rubric, or write multiple-choice items. Edu¬ cators potentially have access to a variety of evidence and materials regarding good assessment practice but may not choose to consult them or be success¬ ful in translating these into practice. In this article, we propose a new challenge for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: the need to study the disjunction between proposals for assessment "best practice" and assessment in practice by examining the assessment decision-making of teachers. We suggest that assessment decision-making involves almost all university teachers, occurs at multiple levels, and is influenced by expertise, trust, culture, and policy. Assessment may dictate the curriculum from the student's perspective, and we argue that assess¬ ment decision-making dictates assessment.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Dawson, P., Bearman, M., Boud, D. J., Hall, M., Molloy, E. K., Bennett, S., & Joughin, G. (2013). Assessment might dictate the curriculum, but what dictates assessment?. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(1), 107-111. doi:10.20343/teachlearninqu.1.1.107

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84890859099

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 107

End Page


  • 111

Volume


  • 1

Issue


  • 1