Key Concepts in Educational Assessment provides expert definitions and interpretations of common terms within the policy and practice of educational assessment. Concepts such as validity, assessment for learning, measurement, comparability and differentiation are discussed, and there is broad coverage of UK and international terminology. Drawing on the considerable expertise of the authors, the entries provide: - clear definitions; - accounts of the key issues; - authoritative and reliable information; - suggestions for further reading

Created to support students of education on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and established education professionals including those who are members of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), this book is an accessible guide for anyone engaged in educational assessment.

Tina Isaacs is Director of the MA in Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, London.

Catherine Zara was most recently Director of the MA in Educational Assessment and Director of the BA (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Warwick.

Graham Herbert was most recently Director of the CIEA.

Steve J. Coombs is Head of Department for Continuing Professional Development at Bath Spa University, which offers an MA in Educational Assessment.

Charles Smith is senior lecturer in economics and education at Swansea Metropolitan University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Vocational Assessment

Vocational assessment

Vocational assessment relates to the assessment of vocational education and training (VET). Traditionally this prepared trainees for jobs in specific trades or occupations, and is an assessment system that concentrates on the qualifications that recognise skills related to a particular workplace or vocational area.

Vocational assessment is applied in a variety of contexts ranging from school to work. It also applies to occupational tools and processes that support clients with special educational needs and disabilities. Debra Perry (2011: 1) defines vocational assessment as ‘the process of determining an individual's interests, abilities and aptitudes and skills to identify vocational strengths, needs and career potential. Vocational assessment may use a variety of standardized techniques (e.g. tests) or non-standardized approaches (e.g. interviews, observing people). Vocational assessment ...

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