EDUC5637 Measurement and Evaluation

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) questions; (2) report; and (3) essay. 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)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.