Competencies, skills and assessment

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    This paper is an analysis of the challenge of assessing student learning and how that is affected by using descriptions of competencies as a core element when describing the aims of the learning process. Assessment is modelled as a three step process; characterising, identifying and judging, to allow for the following argument: Working with competency descriptions is rightly said to make judging more difficult. This potentially lowers the reliability of the assessment. But competency descriptions also carry a great potential of raising the validity of the assessment by focusing the characterisation part of an assessment process. From a teaching and teachers' perspective, the latter is far more important than the former.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMerga32 : crossing divides:  proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the mathematics education research group of Australasia
    EditorsRoberta Hunter, Brenda Bicknell, Tim Burgess
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978-1-920846-20-6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-920846-22-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventMERGA - Wellington, New Zealand
    Duration: 5 Jul 20099 Jul 2009
    Conference number: 32


    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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