Educación y Educadores
versão impressa ISSN 0123-1294
CONTRERAS, Gloria. Diagnosing Learning Assessment Difficulties at the University Level: A Specific Case in Chile. educ.educ. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.2, pp. 219-238. ISSN 0123-1294.
The general features of learning assessment at the university level are associated with a traditional concept of individualistic assessment focused on the memorization of contents, primarily for the purpose of grading. The situation at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile) prompted a diagnosis of how teachers in different faculties assess student learning. This was done with questionnaires for students and teachers alike, and through educational workshops. Among the most important conclusions, it was found that teachers were able to identify clearly the technical features of the procedures that make assessments valid and reliable. In terms of evaluation criteria, one of the main difficulties they faced was explaining the kind of quality they expected students to show in their work. There was consensus on two processes teachers regard as highly important: feedback and self-evaluation/co-assessment. However, those processes have not been implemented owing to lack of knowledge about the appropriate strategies.
Palavras-chave : Higher education; learning assessment; teaching skills; educational strategies; Universidad Católica de Valparaíso-Chile.