ASSESSING ASSESSMENT: TEN MYTHS TO CONSIDER AND RECONSIDER. Presented by Safir Kassim B University of Mascara
Assessment is simply a story of paradoxes, a history of contradictions and a series of impassable biases. It is a slippery zone where every assessor "should" be scientifically "objective" but human,superhumanly «fair" in a world where to err is human.
It’s simply a myth …Why?• “Assessment is inherently an INEXACT science” (Cohen et al,2005:75)• “L’évaluation n’est PAS une science exact” (Perrenoud, 2003:128)• « An assessment is rarely totally valid or totally reliable » (Norton, 2008:6)
Rote learning can be a good strategy to memorise :Key datesMnemonicsQuotationsPoetryOral traditional texts
Yet:• Memorising facts is waste of time since information is readily available within a mere mouse click away• Rote learning kills creativity• It is lower order thinking vs. higher order thinking• learning today is SOCIAL (connectivism) vs. individual / intrapersonal ( behaviourism).
MYTH 8: TEACHERS « MUST » USE RED PENS WHEN CORRECTING
Researchers, psychopedagogues and teachers around the world agree on these:• Red is an AGGRESSIVE way to say “WRONG !!!”• It damaged the psyche of students (self- esteem and motivation…)• Too much red “bleeds off” the paper• Red is a sign of authoritarianism (I am the judge)
Do you know that : In Queensland (Australia) teachers are not allowed to write in red penANYMORE because apparently it stresses the kids out and make them depressed and angry. (?)
TRADITIONAL ASSESMENT 21 st century ASSESMENT1. The teacher is THE ASSESSOR 1. Learners can assess other learners (PEER ASSESMENT) Learners assess THEMSELVES (IPSATIVE ASSESSMENT)2. Paper-and –pencil assessment 2 a. OPEN-BOOK EXAM (safer) b. Authentic assessment (real )3. More concerned with “teaching 3. Teaching to produce “life- to the test” long learners”4. Teach to assess 4. ASSESS TO TEACH AND LEARN
MYTH 10: MARKS OR GRADES “MUST” BE DISPLAYED PUBLICLY
YES, it is: “TRANSPARENCY “ But:There is a significant body of evidence that insist on these:
• Teachers should always accentuate the positive. We can lose those suffering from “LOW SELF-ESTEEM”• Should avoid criticism. Displaying marks publicly is the BEST way• to DEMOTIVATE a boy or a girl• For low achievers, publicising marks is simply a PUBLIC HUMILIATION
It is a NON VERBAL VIOLENCE that could be decoded as :-I am bad at ….-My progress will be a miracle (05/20)-I should prepare myself to another PUBLICHUMILIATION (SELF-PROPHECY)
EXCELLENCE, BADNESS, AND GOODNESS ARE JUST RELATIVEJUDGMENTAL NOTIONS…
Towards an individualized, humanised, balanced e-assessment? We hope so…
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