Collaborative assessment and the assessment of collaboration


  • Mhairi McAlpine Scottish Qualifications Authority


Anecdotal evidence suggests that while learning through group work and evaluation through group assessment are common in primary schools, this trend tapers in secondary, and virtually disappears in the latter years of secondary school and through into tertiary education. Much of this is due to the difficulties of awarding individual awards on the basis of work which has been done on a collaborative basis. Maximising the output of collaborative work is a skill which is highly prized in industry and one which increasing numbers of employers have been demanding. This paper outlines the pilot project in SQA's project based national course (PBNC) in health and safety in social care and how it has overcome some identified issues in group work assessment.