Assessment for Learning in Academic and Researcher Support Programmes

Gough, A.Martin (2010) Assessment for Learning in Academic and Researcher Support Programmes. In: Assessment: Research and Innovation for Inclusive Practice, 8 July 2010, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. (Unpublished) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This is an account of the issues and findings of a project, funded by the Centre for Excellence in Preparing for Academic Practice, which has been enquiring into evaluation of development provision for postgraduate and early career researchers and academics with respect to participant learning and attainment, asking to what extent can assessment of participants be deployed in development events, especially those which do not lead to an award? The fieldwork has focused upon the experiences of participants in a diverse range of development events. The project finds that participating is seen as valuable in its own right for learning, assessment being seen as unnecessary by some, and grading offensive by those evoking a ‘romantic’ narrative. Other participants, however, especially those in development events which are not normally complemented by an assignment task, are largely open variously to assessment that is for learning and of learning. There is a strong indication that the selective integration of tasks into development provision, as means by which the performance and competence of participants may be assessed, would constitute a fruitful investment of resources. The question which constitutes more inclusive practice depends upon how the goals of inclusion would be defined.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Projects: [131] Evaluation of researcher support programmes: assessment within development events, and the attitudes and experiences towards academic careers provision, of early career academics (ECAs)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Martin Gough
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2010 07:56
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2011 11:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25159 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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