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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Number 19, 1976.]

Assessment Week

page 11

Assessment Week


Assessment Webs

Society, through the University, demands that Students be assessed before they are eligible for that vital(?) qualification.

The purpose of an assessment week is to ask questions of the demands that the University makes.

Are these demands justified? Is assessment in the best interests of the students, or is it merely a tool to perpetuate stratification in society? How are staff being used in this process? Is assessment necessary to make students work? Should the student have any say in the course content and assessment? Should staff be seen as a resource-centre to initiate and share rather than totally control the learning process?

Throughout the University in Sociology, English, Commerce and countless other courses students are beginning to ask these questions, it's not easy challenging courses is painful and embarrassing. The student is often put down by a more experienced lecturer or Professor. So it's often more comfortable to assume an apathetic" I don't care attitude".

It's easy to be cynical, it's even easier to drop out, but what does it achieve? The system rambles on, Sosc 301 is still steeped in mystifying ideology.

It's only through challenging in lectures, in labs and on field trips that we'll find answers. It's only through collective demands that Students will achieve any control over course content and assessment.

This week we must step outside the traditional learning process and examine ourselves and our teaching environment.

The activities outlined below should be seen as just a focus for this challenge. It is important not to let it stop here but to constantly continue this questioning. Assessment or Stratification?

Lindy Cassidy,

VUWSA Education Officer.

Activities for Assessment Week.

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Monday 12.00: English Club discussion on the Structure of the Staff/Student Committee.
Tuesday 11.45-2: Open air forum in courtyard outside Rankine Brown (if fine) on "Why I'm Pissed Off With Varsity". All welcome to come and express their ideas. If it's wet this forum will be held in LB1, LB2 lecture Block foyer.
Wednesday Smoking Room. Report back on the Staff discussion of the Student/Staff Committee.
Thursday 7.30 - 10.30: Wine and Cheese: Organised by the Political Science Society.
Friday 12-2: Union Hall. Forum: How Can Students Improve Assessment?
Speakers: Peter Franks (NZUSA) speaking on the history of Student control at Victoria.
Tony Ward: (VUWSA) outlining the Sydney University example of student control.

Victoria University of Wellington mid year Examinations [unclear: 1976]

Idio 101 Paper 4203

Time allowed: Three hours less than necessary

Instructions: Answer any Four questions. All carry equal marks. Do not attempt to write on more than two sides of paper at once.

1. What is the name of the lecturers latest book?
How much does it cost?
Is it a good or bad book?
Why is it a good book?
(1 mark)
(1 mark)*
(1 mark)*
(22 marks)
2. Discuss the ideas put forward in the lecture of April 3 and comment on the lecturer's criticisms of these ideas. (25 marks)
3. Outline and discuss the lecturer's comments on any one topic studied in class this year.
Outline and discuss an alternative approach to this topic. (½ mark)
(24½ marks)
4. Do you think the lecturer is a nice guy? Elaborate. (25 marks)
5. Do not attempt to answer this question. (25 marks)
6. Do you think that 1/456th of a mark for every constructive and intelligent comment in a tutorial is a good idea?
Would 1/45 5th be better or worse?
In view of the fact that I make up my mind on your grade on how much I like you, do You think internal assessment achieves anything?
Do you think exams achieve anything?
(3 marks)
(1 mark)*
(20 marks)
(1 mark)*
Note: Questions noted with

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require one-word answers.