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Assessing Skills and Practice

1st Edition

By Sally Brown, Ruth Pickford


160 pages

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Assessing Skills and Practice outlines how to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessment of practical activities. With a particular focus on formative feedback and its role in helping students to understand what is required of them, this guide is packed with advice, examples and case studies covering the key areas, including:

  • assessing across the arts, humanities and sciences – from labwork and clinical practice to dance
  • assessing oral work
  • using feedback
  • ensuring inclusive and fair assessment.

This volume is an ideal introduction for new or part-time lecturers and will also be valued by experienced teachers who are new to this area of assessment or who want to improve their current practice.


'This volume is an ideal introduction for new or part-time lecturers, and will also be valued by experienced teachers who are new to this area of assessment or who want to improve their current practice.' - The Journal of the Physical Sciences Centre

'This book will be widely used and valued by new and experienced faculty who will benefit from the wisdom of its authors about assessment and instructional practice.' - The Journal of the Physical Sciences Centre

Table of Contents

1. Assessing live and practical skills 2. Formative assessment as a means of fostering learning 3. Ensuring equivalence of experience for diverse students 4. Assessing presentations and other oral work 5. Assessing process 6. Using other stakeholders to assess student achievement 7. Fostering independent learning 8. Assessing practical skills in labs 9. Assessing the production of artefacts in the studio and the workshop 10. Assessing live performance

About the Series

Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education

This indispensable series is aimed at new lecturers, postgraduate students who have teaching time, Graduate Teaching Assistants, part-time tutors and demonstrators, as well as experienced teaching staff who may feel it’s time to review their skills in teaching and learning.

Titles in this series will provide the teacher in higher education with practical, realistic guidance on the various different aspects of their teaching role, which is underpinned not only by current research in the field, but also by the extensive experience of individual authors, and with a keen eye kept on the limitations and opportunities therein. By bridging a gap between academic theory and practice, all titles will provide generic guidance on the topics covered, which is then brought to life through the use of short, illustrative examples drawn from a range of disciplines. All titles in the series will:

  • represent up-to-date thinking and incorporate the use of computing and appropriate learning technology
  • consider methods and approaches for teaching and learning when there is an increasing diversity in learning and a growth in student numbers
  • encourage readers to reflect, critique and apply learning in their practice and professional context
  • provide links and references to other work on the topic and research evidence where appropriate.

Titles in the series will prove invaluable whether they are used for self-study, as reference material when seeking teaching recognition or as part of a formal taught programme on teaching and learning in higher education (HE), and will also be of relevance to teaching staff working in further education (FE) settings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Classroom Management