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Overcoming inconsistencies in placement assessment: The case for developmental assessment centers

Sturre, Vanessa, Von Treuer, Kathryn, Keele, Sophie M. and Moss, Simon A. (2012). Overcoming inconsistencies in placement assessment: The case for developmental assessment centers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education,13(2):65-76.

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Title Overcoming inconsistencies in placement assessment: The case for developmental assessment centers
Author Sturre, Vanessa
Von Treuer, Kathryn
Keele, Sophie M.
Moss, Simon A.
Journal Name Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1175-2882   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84873887545
Start Page 65
End Page 76
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication New Zealand
Publisher AsiaPacific Journal of Cooperative Education
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Placements are integral to many university courses and to increasing student employability skills. Nevertheless, several complications, such as the assessment of placement experiences which often go against the principles of procedural justice, may limit placement effectiveness. For example, procedures are not applied uniformly across students; and evaluations of intangible qualities are susceptible to biases. As a result, effort and learning can be compromised. This paper advocates the use of developmental assessment centers to help solve these shortcomings. Developmental assessment centers are often used in organizations to evaluate capabilities of individuals and to facilitate development. Participants complete a series of work related and standardized tasks. Multiple raters then utilize a systematic approach to evaluate participants on a range of competencies, and consequently present constructive feedback to facilitate learning. Therefore, developmental assessment center principles match the key determinants of procedural justice and thus overcome many problems with traditional placement assessments.
Keywords Assessment and developmental centers
Formative assessment
Student development
Procedural justice
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