Before taking up this module, I anyways interchange “assessment” with “evaluation” because I thought that their meanings are basically the same. But I realized that these two words or principles differ in meanings, specifically in their purpose and methods.
Assessment deals with the process of gathering data with regard to the acquired or learned knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the students. It deals more with the type of methods and instruments used in the assessment. Samples of which are objective tests and journal writing or eve mere observations specifically when assessing attitudinal change. Evaluation, on the other hand, serves as the summary of the assessment. This is when educational researchers and teachers say if learning objectives were met. Simply put, evaluation is the judgment on whether the class succeeded or not.
Assessment is a very important part of the teaching and learning process. It helps teachers gauge the effectiveness of their teaching style, methods, and media used. It guides them on how to handle the class better the next time and how to deliver a certain lesson more effectively. I realized that formative assessments must be given importance as well so that teachers can have a guide as they reflect in their delivery. This kind assessment can simply be in the form of question-and-answer portion at the beginning of the class. The teacher can ask what they know about a certain topic or how they feel about a certain issue. In this way, he/she can be sensitive enough in handling the class.
Looking into the perspective of the student, I can clearly remember my attitude towards filling out evaluation forms for my teachers. Back then, I thought that it would not have any bearing whatsoever to our class or to the teacher because people are doing that because it is required. I actually observed the same attitude with my classmates. Well, it’s different now that I am working in the academe. I realized how important for them those sets of evaluation papers are; the answers and comments given by the students. It is the basis for teachers’ renewal and promotion. Good comments are noted, adverse comments are given appropriate attention. Teachers are asked to address these negative comments: why did their students say that, and what would they do in order to keep those from being commented again.
Well I guess, what I really learned from this module, aside from assessment being an essential part of the teaching and learning process, is that it is also imperative that the rationale of the assessment process be explained to students. In this way, they can be genuinely and holistically involved in it.