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Assessment practices in Scottish social work education : a practice audit of Scottish universities providing qualifying social work courses

Green Lister, Pam and Dutton, K. and Crisp, B. (2005) Assessment practices in Scottish social work education : a practice audit of Scottish universities providing qualifying social work courses. Social Work Education, 24 (6). pp. 693-711. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

Student assessment is a critical component of social work education. In the last ten years, the nature of assessment in social work education has changed considerably. Alongside innovations to more traditional forms of assessment such as essays and examinations, there has been increased emphasis on student participation in assessment in various forms of self‐ and peer‐assessment. However, there is a dearth of published information on assessment strategies and methods employed in mainstream social work education programmes. The inception of the new qualifying courses across the UK has catalysed interest in the development of innovative assessment strategies and tools. In Scotland, the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education (SIESWE) has commissioned research into innovative assessment strategies. This paper reports on the findings of a practice audit of current assessment practices in social work education in Scotland.