Overcoming inconsistencies in placement assessment: The case for developmental assessment centers

Vanessa Sturre, Kathryn Von Treuer, Sophie M Keele, Simon Moss

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    Placements are integral to many university courses and to increasing student employability skills. Nevertheless, several complications, such as the assessment of placement experiences which often go against the principles of procedural justice, may limit placement effectiveness. For example, procedures are not applied uniformly across students; and evaluations of intangible qualities are susceptible to biases. As a result, effort and learning can be compromised. This paper advocates the use of developmental assessment centers to help solve these shortcomings. Developmental assessment centers are often used in organizations to evaluate capabilities of individuals and to facilitate development. Participants complete a series of work related and standardized tasks. Multiple raters then utilize a systematic approach to evaluate participants on a range of competencies, and consequently present constructive feedback to facilitate learning. Therefore, developmental assessment center principles match the key determinants of procedural justice and thus overcome many problems with traditional placement assessments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)65-76
    Number of pages12
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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