Academics and assessment: the forgotten meat in the sandwich in the current higher education environment?

Collins, Pauline and Brackin, Toni and Hart, Caroline Lydia (2010) Academics and assessment: the forgotten meat in the sandwich in the current higher education environment? In: 65th Conference of the Australasian Law Teachers' Association (ALTA 2010): Power, Regulation and Responsibility: Lawyers in Times of Transition, 4-7 Jul 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.


This paper reports on qualitative research into academics perceptions of assessment in an Australian law school. Some of the key concerns of academics teaching a professional degree course in the current higher education environment, in particular as it impacts on their assessment practices and student learning, are highlighted and discussed. Academics' perceptions of the importance of teaching and assessing graduate skills are also discussed in the context of the literature. This paper highlights that in the context of the current higher education environment there is a real risk that the gap between the rhetoric and reality will continue to widen, having consequences for the student, the academic, and higher education outcomes generally.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 02:22
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 02:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; job ready; skills
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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