In this talk Professor West considers student assessment, and its role in increasing student performance. Drawing on the seminal work of Black and Wiliam (2001) he argues that research findings tell us that purposeful use of assessment is one of the most potent strategies available to teachers, but that throughout education systems, and particularly in higher education environments, its potential has been largely overlooked. He reports current thinking on best assessment practice, and describes the purposes and roles played by different assessment regimes.
Of course, varying assessment practices within the formal and generally rigid examination structures of most HE contexts is not easy. Nevertheless, he suggests that so long as we see assessment primarily as a mechanism for classifying students rather than an intrinsic part of teaching and learning, we will continue to miss important opportunities to enhance learning quality.
Mel West is a Professor of Education Leadership at Manchester University. During his career, Mel has worked with school systems in a number of countries in Europe, South America and Africa, and has developed particularly strong links with China, and over several years he held visiting professorships at Beijing Normal and East China Normal Universities, and in 2013 he spent a semester at the Centre for Education Research in Tsinghua University, teaching qualitative research methods to postgraduate social science students. He was recently appointed, within the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Visiting Foreign Expert Programme, to work with Beijing Foreign Studies University, contributing to the continuing development of the International Business School and assisting with development of a new School of Education.
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