"Assessment: could do better?"
The BA Science Education Conference addressed the topic of assessment, in both formal and informal settings. The conference took place at the British Museum in November.
Aim of conference
Assesment - could do better? looked at innovative ways of measuring children’s performance, focusing on assessment for learning. How can assessments help students to learn and teachers to assess what students do and do not understand other than through tests? The conference included information about the new National Network of Science Learning Centres and explored what they plan to do regarding assessment for learning.
Speakers were invited from among those already involved in innovative schemes such as 21st Century Science at the University of York, the Institute of Physics and the AS Public Understanding of Science course. The purposes of testing and assessment were challenged and discussed through open meetings presented and chaired by King’s College London, during the 2-day conference. A number of informal learning research projects based within zoos, field centres and science museums, as well as contributions from higher education, where teams are used to solve problems, also featured. These contributions looked particularly at how students’ knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed, and how this helps students and teachers identify what students have learned. How trainees are assessed within industry and how assessment is used to develop employees was also addressed.
Conference Programme (pdf 911kb)
Executive Summary (pdf 14kb)
Conference Report (pdf 133kb)
The BA Science Education Conference was supported by GlaxoSmithKline