Assessing Students Knowledge for the Improvement of the Learning Process. A case study in Catalan Universities

Assessing Students Knowledge for the Improvement of the Learning Process. A case study in Catalan Universities

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Assessing Students Knowledge for the Improvement of the Learning Process. A case study in Catalan Universities

In the last two years AIDA group has been elaborating a case study on good assessment practices in the students’, learning process within the university scope. Six professors of themost important Catalan public universities have been selected from different contexts and subjects. This project tackles the issue of students’, educational knowledge assessment in theECTS context. The main aim of our project is to analyze the assessment practices that have been being carried out up to now, regarding those considered as excellent to understand their strengths as well as to disseminate the elements that can lead to improvement of our assessment activity.The study subscribes to the interpretative paradigm. We have chosen a multiple case study, and analyzed six cases of educational actors considered as promoters of excellence level of assessment practices.The first result of our research concerns the identification of 20 fundamental characteristics of a good assessment practice. Another aspect of the research regards the description of the analyzed cases. There has been gathered some interesting data on the proposed characteristics (with interviews, student’,s questionnaires and documental analysis).This aspect of the research is based on the transversal analysis of the data collected from the sources. Comprehensive analyses can be conducted for each tool used to examine their corresponding level of similarity.

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