Competence Development by Formative Assessment - A comparison between an empirical context of competence development training and a theoretical learning process made for classrooms
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Learning and leadership (MPLOL), MSc
To perform successful competence development training, a desired concept is to have high quality training in shortest time possible. Due to lack of research combining working life education with learning methods and processes from school systems, this Master Thesis project has been performed to contribute to that field together with UNICO Consulting AB (UNICO). One learning approach found in schools is Formative Assessment, where a few key strategies aims to create a learning environment where students feel comfortable and wants to learn, and teachers is gives the opportunity to develop their teaching. One main aspect of formative assessment is that tests are involved, which makes it a favorable process to take on when comparing the theory to the co-operating company's way of working. UNICO are using competence validation (e.g. various tests) to confirm that trainees taking their courses meets set requirements during their educational events. The objective with this project is to investigate how UNICO may improve, by comparing their current work and guidelines with Formative Assessment, resulting in suggestions for further improvements. The study has been performed by interviewing an educator at UNICO to understand their work, which they realize at several clients. Trainees at one client, which has been taking part of their concept, has been interviews to see how the process is perceived. Literature on competence development and formative assessment has been searched for and investigated. From the analysis, positive and constructive aspects of UNICO's current way of working has seen to be in line with some recommendations, also showing lack of some.
Competence development , Formative assessment , Learning objectives , Feedback , Social learning , Peer response , Peer assessment , Training , Validation