Whilst the focus of this section is on teachers’ actions, external factors also influence assessment. Assessment decisions might reflect disciplinary priorities, students’ future employment possibilities, recruitment and reputation. Sometimes, teachers report they even think about financial matters such as the departmental budget if teachers’ actions mean that many students fail. This complex context can make addressing assessment issues problematic.
In other sections of the Intenational Student Lifecycle you will find additional guidance on issues associated with assessment such as group work, plagiarism and critical thinking.