Students' and teacher's perceptions of fairness in assessment

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The aim of this chapter is to discuss the challenges related to the fairness and reliability of assessment. We will argue that using grades as reliable indicators of the quality of learning is problematic. The learning outcomes are assessed by varying and sometimes hidden criteria and thus grades do not necessarily mirror the learning in a reliable way. We will further argue that the fairness of assessment consists of two main characteristics: validity and reliability of assessment. Finally, we aim to emphasise that the fairness and reliability of assessment may be enhanced by using clear assessment criteria and by paying attention to congruence both at the course level as well as the institutional level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances and innovations in university assessment and feedback : A Festschrift in honour of Professor Dai Hounsell
EditorsCarolin Kreber, Charles Anderson, Noel Entwistle, Jan McArthur
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-0-7486-9454-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7486-9455-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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