Research In Action
Melograno, V. J. (1997). Integrating assessment into physical education teaching. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 68(7), 34-37.
Key Words: authentic assessment; criterion referenced measurement; peer and self evaluation; portfolio; integrating assessment
The article discussed different ways that student learning can be assessed in physical education. A purpose of assessment for teachers is to gage student levels of understanding and make instructional decisions to help them develop knowledge and be motivated to learn. Additionally, assessment allows teachers to record and report information. Melograno highlights that fact that teachers, peers and students are all able to aid in completing assessments. Some alternative assessment techniques that the articles discussed were, tasks that directly examine desired behaviors, an emphasis on quality of performance, criterion referenced measurement and student involvement in developing assessment approaches. Portfolio techniques was another assessment measure that was discussed and can be used to provide the teacher with material that the student has done and collected throughout the year to show what they have learned. The article did a good job of outlining and discussing a number of formative and summative assessment ideas that teachers could easily implement into their teaching. Melograno also suggested a five step process that addressed how to understand assessment and integrate it into your teaching, which are:
Overall, the assessment techniques called for more responsibility on the student, by including, self management, reflection and peers. By using small groups and partners, a reduced ratio of student to teacher can be achieved and allow the teacher to gauge a better understanding of how much their students are actually learning.
Implications for Teaching: