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Students’ views of oral performance assessment in mathematics: straddling the ‘assessment of’ and ‘assessment for’ learning divide

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posted on 07.06.2016, 11:24 by Paola IannonePaola Iannone, Adrian Simpson
This paper explores the views of a group of students who took an oral performance assessment in a first year mathematics module. Such assessments are unusual for most subjects in the UK, but particularly within the generally homogenous assessment diet of undergraduate mathematics. The evidence presented here resonates with some, but not all, of the existing literature on oral assessment and suggests that, despite concerns about anxiety and fairness, students see oral assessments as encouraging a focus on understanding, being relatively authentic and reactive to their needs. We argue that, suitably implemented, oral assessment may be a viable assessment method for straddling the ‘assessment for’ and ‘assessment of’ learning divide in higher education.

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This work was supported by the MSOR Network in the UK through the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project, part of the National HE STEM Programme.

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

Volume

40

Issue

7

Pages

971 - 987

Citation

IANNONE, P. and SIMPSON, A., 2015. Students’ views of oral performance assessment in mathematics: straddling the ‘assessment of’ and ‘assessment for’ learning divide. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40(7), pp. 971-987.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education on 22nd Sept 2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2014.961124

ISSN

0260-2938

eISSN

1469-297X

Language

en

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