What assessment tasks have you seen?

It’s a beautiful thing a university degree in so far as the knowledge progression over the term of the degree.  Each subject builds on the past knowledge and experiences, expands the level of understanding, corrects misconceptions or misunderstanding and interweaves concepts which over the years creates a beautifully mastered construction of knowledge and skills.  This is the foundation for you to then take the creation out into the ‘real world’.

For example, formative and summative assessments.  Formative assessment is where students are given feedback to continue or hone their learning’s in order to successfully complete the summative assessment piece. Summative assessment involves students producing a piece of evidence to display their knowledge regarding the learning. Teacher’s then use this evidence to assess the student’s grade against the achievement standard.

However, during week 4 of EDC3100 we learn about constructed and transformed knowledge. A further elaboration on the concepts of formative and summative assessment. Constructing knowledge or declarative knowledge involves facts about what a student knows.  Transforming knowledge or procedural knowledge involves students bringing the constructed knowledge together to produce or do something.

In sort, constructing knowledge is what students know, transforming knowledge is what students can do with the knowledge.

Interestingly in EDC3100 we learn how creating lessons or units that include both constructing and transforming knowledge is a beneficial structure.  When choosing the content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum including both forms of knowledge will benefit student learning.

Whilst this concept might not be new for a third year student, it is wonderful when we learn at a deeper level the strategies and research behind structuring of lessons/units.

When I reflect on past lesson/unit plans I see the most successful ones have both forms of knowledge and these are supported throughout the lesson/unit with learning strategies that closely align with the nominated content descriptors.


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