STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS OF ASSESSMENT METHODS
(With reference to the needs of individual learners)
Refer to unit 301 2.1/Notes from college session and group work for guidance
Also relevant for 302 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4/303 1.1,1.2,1.3
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Assessment Method | Strength | Limitations |
OBSERVATION | A valid and current way of assessing skill development and ability plus.Engages learner in a practical wayCan observe just one area or encompass many objectives in one assessmentAbility to give constructive feedback on very specific outcomes.Can be adapted to work in particular Units therefore embedded within the course.Fair, because the assessor can devote a similar amount of time to each candidate | A thorough and precise standardization is needed to ensure learners are graded to the most accurate and consistent level.Being observed can be intimidating to some learners.It can be complicated to set up if it is taking place in the workplace. Can be time-consuming and costly
Can involve unplanned, uncontrolled events
The challenge of making an accurate record of the ‘event’, to prevent unfair test conditions and ensure consistency Simply watching a candidate performing a task would not necessarily reflect their knowledge in other areas, for example regarding legislation. |
EXAMINING WORK PRODUCTS | Provides evidence which anyone can examine Is a lasting record of competence
Enables reflection on learning
Provides a real life context
Direct, practical and learner-centred | It is important that all candidates have access to the same instructions and resources Does not allow for process observation
May favour candidates with strong writing skills, particularly in the case of a portfolio
May provide a barrier to learning for a candidate with poor writing skills
There is a question as to whether the fact someone can write...