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Assessment as a learning tool in the communication skills course at the Technikon Witwatersrand

M.Tech. / In order to be competitive in the global village, most countries in the world have embarked upon the implementation of sound educational systems and South Africa is no exception. The economic empowerment of a nation depends on the success of its educational system, interalia on the strength of the teaching, learning and assessment strategies on which the system operates. Over the years there has been many studies undertaken for the sake of developing successful models in assessment methods. An attempt has been made through this study to investigate assessments strategies that could be used to enable students to take ownership of their learning, thus empowering them and helping them. The approach is based on the use of a variety of tools that will complement the aim of the study. In this regard rubrics and task lists were used in a series of assignments in the Communication Skills course offered to Engineering and Radiography students at the Technikon Witwatersrand. An analysis of the results exhibited a positive shift towards students' ability to become responsible for their own learning. This provides a springboard to examine the impact of this venture on the exit level performances of students in other subjects in the long run.
Date13 September 2012
CreatorsPather, Roashaine
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish

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