Masterclass: Assessment of General Capabilities
Sunday 4 August
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Masterclass has a maximum of 80 participants, who will be organised in tables of seven.
8.30–10am Masterclass (Part 1: A framework for assessing and teaching General Capabilities)
10–10.30am Morning tea
10.30–12pm Masterclass (Part 2: Applying the framework in your own classroom)
Special Masterclass rates are offered to participants who are also attending the Research Conference commencing at 1pm.
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About the class
There is tremendous interest in the teaching and assessment of General Capabilities, but educators still find it challenging to integrate them into their existing teaching units and to assess and report on the skills that students are developing.
In this half-day Masterclass led by Dr Claire Scoular and Dr Mike Timms, participants will learn how to apply the ACER General Capabilities assessment and teaching framework to a teaching unit of their own.
In Part 1 of the Masterclass, participants will be introduced to the ACER General Capabilities assessment and teaching framework. This will include the conceptual underpinning of the framework as it applies to the assessment of collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking. It will include how the assessment framework is built around a problem-based learning approach and will provide examples of the kinds of tasks that are included in the assessments. Participants will learn how the framework can be applied across a range of year levels and subject areas.
In Part 2 of the Masterclass, participants will take part in a hands-on activity in which they will apply the framework to a unit of instruction that they have designed. In groups, they will work through a guided process to produce a draft of a possible problem-based assessment of the general capabilities of collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking.
About the presenters
Dr Claire Scoular
Dr Claire Scoular is a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research whose interests revolve around improvement of psychological measurement and assessment practices. She has recently investigated the development of measurement methodologies and assessment tools for 21st century skills including problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, information literacy, creative thinking, and learning in digital networks, in both traditional and automated test delivery systems. Claire is working with several developing countries to integrate 21st century skills into their education systems and build capacity in this area. Before joining ACER, Claire led research projects at the Assessment Research Centre and the Assessment, Curriculum, and Technology Research Centre. Claire gained her PhD at the University of Melbourne in automated measurement methodologies of 21st century skills. Prior to this Claire worked as a psychologist in measurement, diagnosis, and intervention in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Dr Michael Timms
Dr Michael Timms is Director of Research Development & Quality Assurance at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is a recognised leader in the development of innovative ways to assess students in electronic learning environments and in classroom-based settings. His research on the use of simulations in assessments is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and he was awarded the 2013 Journal for Research on Science Teaching award by the National Association for Research on Science Teaching. Dr Timms also leads the Measuring Learning research strand of the Science of Learning Research Centre, which is a collaboration of partners that investigates how cognitive science, neuroscience and educational research can be integrated to bring new perspectives on educational issues in teaching and learning.