Illustrating assessment: how Hong Kong university students conceive of the purposes of assessment

Gavin T.L. Brown, Zhenlin Wang
  • Studies in Higher Education, September 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2011.616955

HK University Student Drawings of Assessment

What is it about?

HK university students were asked to draw pictures of assessment and then discuss their drawings in focus groups. The visual elements of their pictures were grouped into 8 themes, which are described in detail with examples. The pictures show that the students have a very negative view of assessment despite their success in entering into university through the highly competitive examination system of HK.

Why is it important?

While much work has examined how Chinese university students understand teaching and learning, much less studied is how they understand assessment. This is unusual given the powerful role assessment plays in classifying and evaluating students both academically and socially. This paper establishes more clearly the impact of assessment on successful Chinese learners.

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