Improving the assessment of transferable skills in chemistry through evaluation of current practice

Madeleine Schultz, Glennys O'Brien, Siegbert Schmid, Gwendolyn A. Lawrie, Daniel C. Southam, Samuel J. Priest, Kieran F. Lim, Simon M. Pyke, Simon B. Bedford, Ian M. Jamie

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    The development and assessment of transferable skills acquired by students, such as communication and teamwork skills, within undergraduate degrees is being increasingly emphasised. Many instructors have designed and implemented assessment tasks with the aim to provide students with opportunities to acquire and demonstrate these skills. We have now applied our previously published tool to evaluate whether assessment tasks allow students to demonstrate achievement of these transferable skills. The tool allows detailed evaluation of the alignment of any assessment item against the claimed set of learning outcomes. We present here two examples in which use of the tool provides evidence for the level of achievement of transferable skills and a third example of use of the tool to inform curriculum design and pedagogy, with the goal of increasing achievement of communication and teamwork bench marks. Implications for practice in assessment design for learning are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch and practice in chemistry education
    Subtitle of host publicationAdvances from the 25th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education 2018
    EditorsMadeleine Schultz, Siegbert Schmid, Gwendolyn A. Lawrie
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-6998-8
    ISBN (Print)978-981-13-6997-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventInternational Conference on Chemistry Education (25th: 2018) - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 10 Jul 201814 Jul 2018


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Chemistry Education (25th: 2018)
    Abbreviated titleICCE 2018


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