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Assessment in experiential learning : the case of a public policy internship

O'Toole, Kevin 2007, Assessment in experiential learning : the case of a public policy internship, Education research and perspectives, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 51-62.

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Title Assessment in experiential learning : the case of a public policy internship
Author(s) O'Toole, Kevin
Journal name Education research and perspectives
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 51
End page 62
Publisher University of Western Australia, Department of Education
Place of publication Nedlands, W.A.
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0311-2543
Keyword(s) critical thinking
experiential learning
Internship programs
public policy
student assessment
University students
workplace learning
Summary Assessment is a significant issue for learning in the workplace. In some professions there are key indicators of success shared by workplace and academic supervisors alike. Beyond specific professions, however, assessment becomes more diffuse in workplaces that do not have explicit criteria established to judge performance of students in experiential learning. Assessing learning in these workplaces may be associated with methods that rely more upon student self appraisal and workplace supervisor reports. This article reports on the approach used for assessment in a public policy internship program in one Australian university - Deakin University in Victoria. The article argues that assessment, rather than being an add-on or a test of pre-ordained information, is central to the process of learning itself. This means that before students embark upon a policy internship they need to build their critical thinking abilities; i.e. a process of purposeful, self- regulatory judgment. Secondly they need to discuss how to negotiate their tasks in different workplaces and how to produce the criteria to be used in their evaluation.
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, University of Western Australia, Department of Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007902

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