Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.
Post graduate studies in psychology
Psychological testing is a core component of most psychology masters programs. Through participating in the course, I have learnt about important concepts such as test validity and reliability, distribution curves, standard deviations, percentiles etc. I was also taught how to collect, process and analyse data.
Placement with an Educational Psychologist
I engaged in a 6 week placement with an Educational Psychologist. His role was to assess children in the southern areas of Adelaide to determine whether they qualified for additional learning support provided by the government. The main test being administered was the WISC-III, followed by the Neale Analysis of Reading and various neurological tests. Based on results, observations and any previoius reports pertaining the child, a report was written and provided to school staff.
In the classroom
Following a lesson on How to Tie a Tie, students were assessed on a number of criteria relating to procedural texts. Those students having difficulty were grouped together at the start of the next lesson. Students revised their work and we talked about ways they could improve on thier writing.
After I marked student's work on column graphs, I approached a handful of students individually who had demonstrated areas in need of improvment. We revised the activity and came up with suggesttions for improvement.