Alternative perspectives on learning outcomes: challenges for assessment

Richard Dougherty, Paul Black, Kathryn Ecclestone, Mary James, Paul Newton

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Abstract

In discussing the relationship between curriculum and assessment it is commonly argued that assessment should be aligned to curriculum or, alternatively, that they should be congruent with each other. This article explores that relationship in five educational contexts in the UK and in Europe, ranging across school education, workplace learning, vocational education and higher education. Four main themes are highlighted: construct definition, progression, assessment procedures, and system-level accountability. What emerges from the five case studies under review is a multi-layered process of knowledge being constructed in diverse ways at different levels in each context. The article concludes that, rather than thinking in terms of either alignment or congruence, these relationships are better understood in terms of non-linear systems embracing curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-254
Number of pages12
JournalThe Curriculum Journal
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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