UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5637 Measurement and Evaluation

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit consolidates understandings of the concepts of assessment and measurement necessary for collecting comprehensive information about student performance as a basis for evaluating performance. It considers how cognitive development can be measured through teacher devised assessments and how information about student performance can be used in combination with information from standardised testing programs to provide pictures of individual and group performance. A key principle is that the quality of assessments of individuals is fundamental to the quality of assessment of groups. State standardised testing programs, such as the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the Monitoring Standards in Education (MSE) program, are discussed in tandem with other measures of cognitive development. Focusing on the principles of quantitative educational research and evaluation, the unit examines the evaluation of both individual and group performance. The unit covers key descriptive methods for interrogating and presenting student results. It introduces simple statistical principles relevant to the interpretation of results including the relevance of student numbers and the implications of changes in cohorts over time; the concept of value adding and strengths and limitations of approaches to evaluating value adding, and key features of data analyses such as those used in Data Club. The unit also identifies appropriate and inappropriate methods of aggregating the results of individuals to evaluate the performance of groups and explains the underlying principles in terms of maximising appropriate use of information.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) consolidate various understandings of assessment and measurement principles; (2) learn how cognitive development can be measured through teacher devised assessments; (3) apply software to analyse assessment data; and (4) apply their understanding of measurement principles in evaluating individual and group performance.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment 1 (40 per cent) and (2) assignment 2 (60 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Stephen Humphry
Contact hours lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5637/SEM-2/2017

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