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Assessment methods in social work education: a review of the literature

Crisp, B. and Green Lister, Pam (2002) Assessment methods in social work education: a review of the literature. Social Work Education, 21 (2). pp. 259-270. ISSN 0261-5479

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Student assessment is an important component of social work education, and consumes considerable effort on behalf of both students and staff members. Social work educators in higher education face the challenge of constructing assessment methods, which encourage the development of reflective and critical learning, as well as enabling students to demonstrate acquisition of required knowledge and/or skills. While there is now a substantial literature on field education, the assessment of classroom-based units has warranted less attention. This paper examines the range of assessment methods reported in the social work education literature, the evidence which supports the use of these methods and issues associated with the identified assessment methods.