Assessment Results

Approaches to learning, perceptions & outcome

As noted earlier, learning outcomes or assessment results are related to the processes students use during their studies. The following table shows how the scores on the coloured variables for two clusters of students are related to assessment outcomes. An actual example is shown at the end of the page.

Perceptions of Learning Context Questionnaire

Changing students perceptions of their learning context may improve their learning. For example, how do students respond to the following SCEQ items:

Good Teaching and Feedback
The staff made a real effort to understand difficulties students might be having with their work.

Clear Goals and Standards
It was always easy to know the standard of work expected

Appropriate Workload
The sheer volume of work in this course meant that it couldn't all be thoroughly comprehended (-).

Appropriate Assessment
To do well in this course, all you really need is a good memory (-).

from Ramsden's Course Experience Questionnaire

Approaches to learning, perceptions & outcome

This example (in black) is from the University of Oxford. It shows the relations between approach to learning, perceptions of teh learning context, and learning outcome (results). Higher quality results are found for the first cluster (447 student). The results in red are from the University of Sydney and show that for all four variables, more than 10% of students disagree that the teaching is good, etc. The higher these percentages, the more likely students are to be in the less effective cluster.

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