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Advances and Innovations in University Assessment and Feedback$
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Carolin Kreber, Charles Anderson, Noel Entwhistle, and Jan McArthur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694549

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694549.001.0001

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Shifting Views of Assessment: From Secret Teachers’ Business to Sustaining Learning

Shifting Views of Assessment: From Secret Teachers’ Business to Sustaining Learning

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(p.13) 1 Shifting Views of Assessment: From Secret Teachers’ Business to Sustaining Learning
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Advances and Innovations in University Assessment and Feedback
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David Boud

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694549.003.0002

Offers a historical overview of how assessment practices have changed over the past four decades. Boud observes that despite some drastic changes and shifts in positive directions, the emphasis on formative assessment has lessened today in that now much assessment ‘counts’ towards a final mark. He calls for a new agenda in assessment practices, one that focuses explicitly on developing students’ capacity for judgement. This capacity for judgement is associated with the emergent agenda of ‘sustainable assessment’, which suggests that the purpose of assessment is not just to generate grades, or to influence present learning, but importantly to build students’ capacity to learn and assess themselves beyond the current task, for example as they are engaged in lifelong learning in professional practice.

Keywords:   History of assessment, A new agenda in assessment, Capacity for judgement, Learning for the longer term

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