|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||23 May 2022|
Assessment and testing is widely employed for educational decision making about individuals. It is therefore essential that professional educators are knowledgeable about assessment and testing concepts, principles and methods. The emphasis in this course is on developing an understanding of individual assessment as a hypothesis driven problem-solving process, underpinned by a sound theoretical knowledge of measurement principles and data collection skills applied to a range of educational domains. This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers in regular and special education, and those in or aspiring to various support roles, including guidance officers and learning support teachers.
Initial topics build the foundational frameworks of the course by establishing individual assessment and testing as a systematic process for generating valid information to support sound educational decision making, while examining the ethical-legal context of assessment and testing practices. Students will develop an understanding of measurement concepts such as validity and reliability as well as processes underlying test construction such as standardization and norms. Subsequent topics address the data collection practices of observation, interviewing and formal testing, and the processes of assessment accommodations and oral and written reporting. Specific approaches to the assessment of academic achievement, social and emotional functioning and intelligence will also be explored.
|Semester 1, 2022||Online|