By Ruth Pickford; Sally Brown

Assessing abilities and perform outlines find out how to verify reasonable, constant and trustworthy review of sensible actions. With a selected concentrate on formative suggestions and its function in supporting scholars to appreciate what's required of them, this consultant is filled with suggestion, examples and case studies covering the most important parts, together with: assessing around the arts, humanities and sciences – from labwork and scientific perform to bounce assessing oral paintings utilizing suggestions making sure inclusive and reasonable evaluation. This quantity is a perfect advent for brand new or part-time teachers and also will be valued via skilled lecturers who're new to this quarter of overview or who are looking to enhance their present perform.

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19 THE VALUE OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT SURVIVING KNOCK-BACKS: THE CONFIDENCE ISSUE Students from non-traditional academic backgrounds are likely to find their confidence level is further undermined if their belief in their own abilities to succeed is undermined by conceptions about themselves which have made it difficult for them to achieve academically in the past. Clegg (2002), citing Dweck (2000), argues that there is a high correlation between self-concept and achievement, and this depends on whether students see their capabilities as being set in stone or malleable through hard work and strategic approaches.

The most commonly used adjustment for all disabled students in written assignments is the allowance of extra time for completion of the work. For many students with mental health issues, this can only make things worse. Students with obsessive compulsive behaviour, for example, are unlikely to find the extra time helpful. Some reasonable adjustments when assessing students experiencing anxiety and other mental health issues in live and practical assignments include: ■ ■ ■ Consider offering a ‘stop the clock’ facility in timeconstrained assessments, such as practical examinations or demonstrations, for students with mental health difficulties.

Lip-reading students may be prevented from understanding what you are saying if they can’t see you clearly at all times. If the room in which the assessed practical is taking place has a hearing loop, always use a voice microphone if available, even if you have a loud, clear voice. There may be students who need amplification to pick up what you are saying, particularly if there is a lot of background noise. Encourage fellow students to speak up. Students on the whole are extremely supportive of disabled students but may need reminding of simple things that can help their peers, like facing the student with hearing impairment when addressing the group.

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