Gathering evidence for learning

Year: 2004

Author: Izard, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

How do we decide whether students have learned? Learning involves changes in knowledge, skills and the sophistication of the strategies employed by the learners. How do we gather the relevant evidence of learning? To measure these changes we need at least two relevant measures, one prior to a particular stage of learning and a later assessment documenting a higher level of achievement. This paper looks at the requirements for using such assessment for teaching and learning and addresses threats to the validity of assessments to evaluate progress.