Case Study 6: An assessment partnership between the learners and the assessors
A Case Study from the Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector. Part of the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tertiary Teaching and Learning through Assessment project.
The Private Training Establishment Sector
Name: Sylvie Bolstad
Organisation: Artmakers Trust
Researcher: Rosanne Matheson
'This assessment strategy encourages students, through the use of self assessment, questioning and feedback to notice things about their learning and development of work and life transferable skills.'
When designing a curriculum in the arts for a Ministry for Youth Development training programme, Sylvie researched components from other curriculum and 'cobbled them together' and added other things to suit the particular group of learners she was working with. She found that unit standards were very discrete and small and so prescriptive that they tended to constrain the learning of her students. Instead she devised a dynamic/flexible assessment strategy which combines self and peer assessment, progress interviews and brings all the work together in a portfolio. Interpersonal and team accountability are greatly emphasised in the programme.
Students participate in a number of community projects which provide a rich source of work experience and feedback from the project sponsors, a cross section of services and agencies in the community whose interests are in education, community or social development. By the end, students can credit their learning towards the National Certificate in Community Recreation.
One of the things Sylvie finds most satisfying is when students say at the end 'I learnt heaps from you guys (the tutors) but I learnt so much from the other guys on the programme (fellow students). Self and peer assessment becomes valued by the students.