The last two decades have witnessed great changes in how we think about
the assessment of learning. This has important implications for coastal
and marine studies. Perhaps the most noticeable change is a new focus
on the relationship between learning and the monitoring, measurement and
reporting of what has been achieved. The goal today is towards integration
in which assessment becomes an integral part of students' day-to-day learning
experience. This goal is especially important in coastal and marine studies,
as in all aspects of environmental education, because of its focus on
a wide range of knowledge, skill, attitudinal and action objectives -
and these cannot be assessed merely by 'memory recall' testing.
This workshop seeks to help teachers understand this integrated focus for assessing learning and to suggest methods to achieve such integration in their classrooms. The activities seek to help teachers understand their own assessment practices and how they might develop their skills in this area.
This workshop is organised in two sections. The first part looks at what
assessment tries to do and why. The second section examines how the knowledge,
skills, attitude and action and objectives of coastal and marine studies
can be assessed.
Theme A: The What and Why of Assessment
Theme B: The How of Assessment
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