Holistic Assessment SIG

To succeed in the modern society, including in the workplace, young people need to complete their education with more than the academic knowledge, skills and understanding assessed in traditional school subjects. They need a broad range of 21st-century competencies coupled with other personal attributes such as solid ethical values, positive learning dispositions, and high levels of personal wellbeing. This is the concept of holistic education, which has a deep-rooted history in several European pedagogical philosophies. Both cognitive skills (such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity) and so-called ‘non-cognitive’ skills (such as communication, collaboration, and perseverance) are important. Assessing personal competencies and attributes accurately, and understanding how they interact to affect educational outcomes and life chances, are significant challenges in the assessment field. Despite its importance, however, holistic assessment is still an under-researched area. This SIG aims to study theories and practices for assessing cognitive and non-cognitive skills and attributes, and provide recommendations for effective assessment tools.
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Holistic Assessment SIG Steering Group:

Assel Rakhimbekova, Center for Pedagogical Measurements, NIS, Kazakhstan
Carolyn Hutchinson, University of Glasgow, UK
Gulbakhyt Sultanova, Center for Pedagogical Measurements, NIS, Kazakhstan (Chair)

Irenka Suto, Cambridge University Press and Assessment, UK

Stuart Shaw, Institute of Education, University College London, UK

Tim Oates, Cambridge University Press and Assessment, UK

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