Assessing performance and capability in the work place : focusing on essential skills and knowledge in student work placements

Sahama, Tony, Peach, Deborah, Hargreaves, Megan, & Willett, Graham (2010) Assessing performance and capability in the work place : focusing on essential skills and knowledge in student work placements. In Jackson, Norman & Law, Russ (Eds.) Enabling a More Complete Education Conference e-Proceedings, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, pp. 133-141.

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Abstract

The determination of performance standards and assessment practices in regard to student work placements is an essential and important task. Inappropriate, inadequate, or excessively complex assessment tasks can influence levels of student engagement and the quality of learning outcomes. Critical to determining appropriate standards and assessment tasks is an understanding and knowledge of key elements of the learning environment and the extent to which opportunities are provided for students to engage in critical reflection and judgement of their own performance in the contexts of the work environment. This paper focuses on the development of essential skills and knowledge (capabilities) that provide evidence of learning in work placements by describing an approach taken in the science and technology disciplines. Assessment matrices are presented to illustrate a method of assessment for use within the context of the learning environment centred on work placements in science and technology. This study contributes to the debate on the meaning of professional capability, performance standards and assessment practices in work placement programs by providing evidence of an approach that can be adapted by other programs to achieve similar benefits. The approach may also be valuable to other learning contexts where capability and performance are being judged in situations that are outside a controlled teaching and learning environment i.e. in other life-wide learning contexts.

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ID Code: 57400
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 02:43
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2013 04:51

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