Automated educational/academic skills screening: Using technology to avoid or minimise effects of more formal assessment

Year: 2004

Author: Izard, John, McKay, Elspeth

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The focus of this study is the provision of enhanced opportunities for returning to study or vocational training for adolescents and young adults (aged from about 15 to 25 years) after experiencing a mental health episode, and the monitoring of their educational progress during rehabilitation. Both the young people and their support workers need to establish current educational / academic performance in order to make sensible choices about future study or employment. But formal assessment techniques are associated with high levels of anxiety: it was vital to devise another way of collecting this information. This project provides an innovative use of information communications technology (ICT) services to assess the educational achievement level of this at-risk learner group. The paper reports on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the pilot system for assessing young peoples' potential to participate in appropriate educational programmes.