Fairy tale assessments are becoming increasingly common and have been used by schools across the world.
But they can be very time consuming and the results can be highly subjective.
The ABC’s A Current Affair spoke to an expert in the field about the differences between an assessment and a test.
“A very simple way of doing an assessment is to ask students to answer yes or no questions, or ‘yes or no’ questions about a topic,” Dr Andrew Knecht said.
“It’s basically a test of the student’s ability to work together in a group.”
Dr Knech said that assessment is not the same as a test and a question could be “anything from a random question to a question that students are familiar with”.
“It could be the question about the weather or the fact that the birds were crying, or even a question about whether you like people or not.”
Dr Phil Taylor, an expert on assessment, said the main difference between an assessor and a student is the degree of control they have over the questions.
“The student is free to ask the questions and choose whether or not they want to answer them,” Dr Taylor said.”[The assessor] has the ability to say, ‘You’ve answered the questions correctly, now you can go home and do it again’.”‘
It’s a very powerful tool’There are plenty of ways to assess students’ performance, Dr Taylor added.
“If the student doesn’t want to do a specific thing, the assessor can ask them to do something else.”
For example, students could be given a task to do or a piece of information, like “where is the house next to the beach” or “what’s your favourite colour”.
“If that doesn’t work, then they could try something else, or say ‘it doesn’t feel right’,” Dr Taylor explained.
“You could ask questions that are so specific and so specific in nature that it would make a student feel very uncomfortable and very disoriented.”
In order to use the assessments to improve student performance, schools and parents need to make sure students understand what they are getting into, Dr Knechi said.
He said students should be taught to interpret what their teachers are asking them and the impact of each question on their ability to learn.
“They need to understand that the questions are not meant to be difficult or that the answers are being given in order to help them learn, but rather to help students to understand what is expected of them,” he said.
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