Authentic assessment: creating a blueprint for course design

Villarroel, Verónica ORCID logo ORCID: , Bloxham, Susan, Bruna, Daniela ORCID logo ORCID: , Bruna, Carola and Herrera-Seda, Constanza (2017) Authentic assessment: creating a blueprint for course design. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 43 (5). pp. 840-854.

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Authenticity has been identified as a key characteristic of assessment design which promotes learning. Authentic assessment aims to replicate the tasks and performance standards typically found in the world of work, and has been found to have a positive impact on student learning, autonomy, motivation, self-regulation and metacognition; abilities highly related to employability. Despite these benefits, there are significant barriers to the introduction of authentic assessment, particularly where there is a tradition of ‘testing’ decontextualised subject knowledge. One barrier may be the lack of conceptualisation of the term authentic assessment sufficient to inform assessment design at the individual course level. This article tackles that omission by a systematic review of literature from 1988 to 2015. Thirteen consistent characteristics of authentic assessment are identified leading to the classification of three conceptual dimensions: realism, cognitive challenge and evaluative judgement. These dimensions are elaborated and used to propose a step-based model for designing and operating authentic assessment in individual higher education subjects.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1469-297X
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Susan Bloxham is Emeritus Professor of Academic Practice, University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
SWORD Depositor: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2017 12:44
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 19:00


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