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Assessment and Action Research (BED200)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2E-internal, S2E-external
Description This unit helps prospective educators become assessment literate, reflective practitioners and researchers. It includes studying a broad range of assessment techniques; judging the quality of various assessments; using assessment to support and improve learning and teaching; constructing assessments that are aligned with curriculum and appropriate for the learners present; and appropriately using the results of large scale, standardised assessments. The principles and methods of 'action research,' the iterative processes by which educators study and improve their praxis, underpin this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Describe how assessment for learning and educator research intersect and inform their philosophy of teaching and learning and how this is manifested in learning environments;
2. Demonstrate understanding of the multiple roles of assessment in supporting teaching and learning, and describe and use relevant processes related to assessment in a range of learning environments;
3. Understand that specific views of learning are necessarily associated with specific views of assessment;
4. Evaluate a range of strategies, processes and views of assessment for learning to develop an understanding of their emerging philosophy of teaching and learning and how this can be applied in learning environments;
5. Consider, design and use a variety of assessment approaches and methods, based on critical evaluation of assessment quality and purpose;
6. Appreciate, discuss and plan action (educator) research as a cornerstone of reflective practice, including a range of formal and informal assessment methods to collect and analyse data, interpret results and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and learning.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 x 2 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Student learning will be facilitated and supported by a combination of structured timetabled learning (one 50 minute lecture per teaching week), timetabled semi-structured learning (one 2-hour workshop per teaching week), tutor and peer support provided via the LMS (including the development of peer learning communities) and direct interaction with the unit coordinator/tutor via email, LMS discussion forums, and face-to-face meetings if needed. Students will experience a common set of concepts and methods in classroom assessment and action (educator) research oriented to supporting learning for students and their educators. Students will also have the opportunity to tailor their learning in assessment and action research to their particular course of study through the development and enactment of an assessment and action research plan specific to their own circumstances (level of schooling, subject interests). Together, these learning experiences will provide students a concrete basis for enacting reflective practice in the schools.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the basis of: (1) Assignment 1 - Exploring connections among assessment, learning and teaching (essay of about 1000 words); (2) Assignment 2 - My Action Research Project to Enhance Effective Learning (research report of about 2000 words); and, (3) a final examination during the University Assessment period (essay responses, about 2000 words). Except for the final exam, the assessments serve both formative (feedback for improvement) and summative (contribution toward the final unit grade) purposes. For Assignments 1 and 2, therefore, students will receive written feedback on their assignments from their tutors.
Essay 30% Individual
Report/Research paper 40% Individual
Exam 30% Individual
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching AND BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work OR EDU101/1011 Introduction to Teaching AND successful completion of EDN221 Learning and Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU242 Learning and Assessment: Theory and Practice or EDN222 Learning, Teaching and Assessment or EDU245 Learning and Assessment Processes may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Advanced Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching) (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physical Education Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2014]
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor Andrew McConney
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6995
e: A.Mcconney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.011 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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