Authentic Performance Assessment – Emeritus Professor Richard Kimbell, Goldsmiths University of London
Emeritus Professor Richard Kimbell launched TERU at Goldsmiths in 1990 in response to the prevailing understanding about the paucity of research to inform our practice in design & technology:
“’Design & Technology lacks a research base in pupils understanding and learning such as is available in the cases of mathematics and science.’ (DES/WO, 1988, p. 7) My focus will be on the first and on one of the most recent projects that we have undertaken – both focused on authentic performance assessment. For the first, (for the Assessment of Performance Unit [DES]) we developed test activities that enabled learners to produce portfolios in response to tasks in Design and Technology (1985-91). In the most recent (in project e-scape [2004-10]) we enabled learners to create real-time, multi-media web-portfolios in response to design, science and geography tasks, in normal studio/workshop conditions. I will explain how and why we developed Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) as the principal tool for assessment and how research has shown its reliability for summative assessment and its formative value for teachers and learners. Finally, I will touch on current research creating on-screen avatars that support learners’ reflection when designing.”
Emeritus Professor Richard Kimbell founded the Technology Education Research Unit (TERU) at Goldsmiths University of London. Research sponsors include research councils, industry, government departments, as well as professional and charitable organizations. Kimbell has published widely in the field and produced reports for the Congress of the United States, UNESCO and NATO. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm.
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