Assessment for developing practice

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Education for Future Practice, 2010, First, pp. 251 - 262
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In this chapter I argue that assessment should be oriented towards developing practice, even when the particularities of practice and the specific contexts for practice are not known. Indeed, a future-orientation is especially required when the specific demands of practice are unknown and unknowable. Assessment needs to do more than cel1iry; it also has an essential educational role that, if neglected, means that students are not prepared for the uncertainties they face. The emphasis needs to be on the processes of acquisition of knowledge and skills and how learners can develop their own capabilities and those of others. Such an orientation has profound implications for the way assessment in higher education is conducted, both in initial and continuing professional education.
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