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Assessment in senior secondary physical education. Questions of judgement

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The ways in which various aspects of senior physical education courses should be assessed and whether some can, or indeed should be incorporated in external examinations, are matters of longstanding professional debate across Australia and internationally. Differences in current practice across Australasia reflect an ongoing lack of consensus about how assessment requirements and arrangements and particularly, examinations in senior physical education, can best address concerns to ensure validity, reliability, equity and feasibility. An issue never far from such debates is that of ‘professional judgement’ and more specifically, whether and how professional judgement does and/or should ‘come into play’ in assessment. This paper reports on research that has explored new approaches to examination assessment and marking in senior physical education, using digital technologies. It focuses specifically on the ways in which ‘professional judgement’ can be deemed to be inherent to two contrasting methods of assessment used in the project: ‘analytical standardsbased’ assessment and ‘comparative pairs’ assessment. Details of each method of assessment are presented. Data arising directly from assessors’ comments and from analysis which explored intermarker reliability for each method of assessment and compared results generated by internal teacher assessment, standards-based and comparative pairs assessment, is reported. Discussion explores whether the data arising can be seen as lending weight to arguments for (i) more faith to be placed in professional judgement and (ii) for the comparative pairs methods to be more widely employed in examination assessment in senior physical education.
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Penney, D., Gillespie, L., Johnes, A., Newhouse, P. & Campbell, A. (2011). Assessment in senior secondary physical education. Questions of judgement. In G.D. Dodd (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th ACHPER International Conference: Moving, Learning & Achieving, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia, 18-20 April 2011 (pp. 103-110). Australia: The Australian Council for Health Psychical Education and Recreation.
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2011
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The Australian Council for Health Psychical Education and Recreation
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This article has been published in Proceedings of the 27th ACHPER International Conference: Moving, Learning & Achieving, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia, 18-20 April 2011. Used with permission.