The assessment of practical skills

Abrahams, Ian and Reiss, Michael J. (2015) The assessment of practical skills. School Science Review (357). p. 45. ISSN 0036-6811

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Abstract

Major changes are currently afoot as to how practical work will be assessed in highstatus
examinations (GCSEs for 16-year-olds and A-levels for 18-year-olds) in England. We explore
here how practical skills might best be assessed in school science and introduce two terms:
direct assessment of practical skills (DAPS) and indirect assessment of practical skills (IAPS). We
conclude that both the direct and indirect assessment of practical skills have their place in effective
assessment of school science and that too great a reliance on the indirect assessment of practical
skills will lead to assessment that is less valid.

Keywords:Practical Work, Assessment, DAPS, IAPS, NotOAChecked
Subjects:X Education > X130 Training Teachers - Secondary
X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:06 Nov 2015 14:52

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