Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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The future of assessment

21 June 2017

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

Assessment is central to all forms of education and there is now a wealth of research examining the impact of assessment on learning. Over the past two decades research has highlighted how assessment can work to drive learning, but also the negative consequences of some forms of assessment and the pressure these place on students.

So, in this era of rapid innovation and technological development, why has assessment been so slow to change? Why do assessment systems remain such a polarising aspect of education systems? And, how can our understanding of child development and learning science improve students’ and teachers’ experience with assessments?

In this talk, the presenter, Dr Rachel Wilson, will consider research evidence and developments in assessment models, then analyse the current aspirations, trends, challenges and areas of assessment practice where caution is needed. She will provide a brief review of:

  • the assessment challenges facing Australia
  • key shifts in the history of assessment and how these relate to our developing understanding of learning
  • some innovative assessment approaches from around the world
  • assessment approaches with potential to empower learning in students and educators.

Throughout the seminar, Dr Wilson will argue for the need to use student-centred approaches for assessment; approaches that have the effect of optimising learning by integrating the current understanding of cognitive progressions with recent insights into humans' emotional development.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Rachel Wilson is senior lecturer in research methodology, educational assessment and evaluation at Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She has broad interests across educational evidence, policy and practice, and a particular interest in early-childhood education. Dr Wilson recently published a co-authored book on emotional development. She has and ongoing interest in trends in educational participation and standards.

The future of assessment

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


21 June 2017

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