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

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posted on 01.01.2012, 00:00 authored by Vanessa SturreVanessa Sturre, Kathryn Von TreuerKathryn Von Treuer, Sophie Keele, Simon Moss
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.

History

Journal

Asia-Pacific journal of cooperative education

Volume

13

Issue

2

Pagination

65 - 76

Publisher

[New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education]

Location

Hamilton, N. Z.

ISSN

1175-2882

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, The Authors