A human-centred approach to educational evaluation focuses on developing systems of feedback and learning review to support students’ learning and improve teaching. It challenges the use of testing as the primary way of assessing and measuring students’ learning.
Feedback from teachers and peers can offer invaluable opportunities for students to understand their progress in relation to their own learning goals, as well as to external academic and project standards. Learning review also enables students to better appreciate how these standards relate to more basic epistemological values.
A human-centred approach also encourages more active self-evaluation in terms of the one’s own past (ipsative feedback).
This approach to evaluation has four important features:
- It requires understanding the relevant standards well, i.e. what counts as good in this context.
- It embodies the idea that individuals are responsible for their own learning and promotes more proactive motivation.
- It includes critical self-reflection, an important human quality.
- It encourages students to improve relative to their own past rather than by being better than others.