Presentation on theme: "Student centred assessment and accreditation in adult literacies Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh."— Presentation transcript:
Student centred assessment and accreditation in adult literacies Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh
The tension field of learning EMOTIONAL SOCIAL COGNITIVE From Illeris, K (2004) The three dimensions of learning NIACE SOCIETY
Learner Identity Shaped by the complex interaction of factors relating to the social (past learning experiences, family influences, norms and values of social networks) Fuzzy and context dependent interconnections
Curriculum for Excellence and the literacies curriculum The curriculum revolves around the learner. What is to be learned is based on the key life areas and social contexts in which literacy and numeracy are used so it recognises meaningful learning. The focus is on the skills, knowledge and understanding and how they impact on what people want to do in their private, family, community and working lives. A very broad range of achievement is recognised.
Research Projects Project 1. OECD study of formative assessment published as Teaching, learning and assessment for adults: improving foundation skills (Loney, 2008) Project 2. SG funded study of approaches and attitudes to assessment and accreditation in adult literacies to be published as Credit where credit is due: recognising literacies learning (Tett, McLennan and Edwards, 2008).
Project 1 - OECD study Three case studies were studied that covered: work- based, further education and community based provision. It was found that learning is assessed through the distance that learners have travelled in reaching their own goals that are recorded in Individual Learning Plans (ILP) owned by learners that shows their progression in relation to their original plans. The focus on learners identifying their own goals lends itself to processes of formative assessment that in turn leads to setting new goals in a virtuous cycle of achievement.
Project 1 - OECD study (cont) There were some challenges, however, that need to be addressed. Tutors need to have good communication skills that encourage dialogue, questioning and feedback. Staff are committed but often lack training and development opportunities Tutors need to be more challenging to encourage learners to go further.
Project 2: assessment and accreditation Project designed to map the approach and extent of accreditation of adult literacies learning and identify potential barriers particularly in the community and voluntary sectors. Used an on-line survey (82 responses) and 4 case studies of practice to investigate structures and practice that supported accreditation.
Developing better practice Awareness raising of what is available Problem-solving workshops Sharing good practice Teaching and learning resources Developing more robust progression routes
Challenges from learners Lack of confidence Negative experiences of earlier learning Expectation that accreditation means formal examinations Spiky profiles Wide range of abilities in each group
Conclusion Assessment is for learning is embedded in the approach taken in ALN and there are key lessons here for the Curriculum for Excellence. The development of learner autonomy is identified as a key issue by practitioners although sometimes they are not challenging enough. There are some negative attitudes to the formal accreditation of learning that need to be tackled Thee are also key issues about lack of resources in the sector that can hold back developments.