Chapter 5: Alternative Perspectives on Learning Outcomes: Challenges for Assessment
Richard Daugherty & Paul Black & Kathryn Ecclestone & Mary James & Paul E. Newton
Alternative perspectives on learning outcomes: Challenges for assessment The nature and quality of the outcomes of learning are central to any discussion of the learner's experience, from whichever perspective that experience is considered. For those outcomes to be assessed it is also necessary to articulate in some way the constructs on which such judgements are based. For the assessments of outcomes to be valid the inferences drawn from the evidence of learning should be demonstrably aligned to the learning outcomes. The project that is reported in this chapter, ‘Assessment of Significant Learning Outcomes’ (ASLO), is a seminar series funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has its origins in two features of debates about the alignment between the outcomes that are assessed and the programmes of learning to which those assessments purport to relate. The first of these is ...