The assignment that triggered …change: Assessment and the relational learning model for generic capabilities

Edwards, Sylvia L. & Bruce, Christine S. (2002) The assignment that triggered …change: Assessment and the relational learning model for generic capabilities. In Conference Paper presented at EARLI/SIGLearning communities and assessment cultures: connecting research with practice, 28-30 August 2002, Northumbria, UK.


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In a context where changes in conceptions or experiences associated with learning generic skills is a desirable learning outcome, how can assessment instruments be designed to bring about the desired changes? In this paper we show how understanding the variation in students’ experience of learning a specific generic capability represents the first step in designing assessment instruments for bringing about desirable learning outcomes. Our research has revealed that from a student's perspective two major elements produce changes in conception or experience. From a teacher's perspective, these changes should lead the student into desirable learning outcomes. The two elements identified by students are assignments designed to encourage reflection and the characteristics of the teaching staff. On the basis of students’ perceptions, therefore, we are further challenged to carefully construct assessment to bring about change

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ID Code: 994
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper was selected as one of the best papers of the conference and subsequently published in the journal: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education (see link below).
Keywords: Generic skills, Generic capabilities, lifelong learning, IT, Information technology, Internet, assessment, curriculum design, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:24

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