ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION


1. Preface

The CVS Curriculum includes a system for evaluating the teaching and learning and for assessing the children’s democratic and intercultural (DI) competences8. (In the RFCDC, the term evaluation refers to the observation and measurement of the effectiveness of specific teaching and learning activities and the whole programme of study, while the term assessment refers to the measurement or systematic description of a child’s degree of proficiency in DI competences.)

All the evaluation and assessment procedures are integrated in the CVS App (https://www.cvs-project.eu/cvs-app/cvs-app-home/). See Figures 1 and 2 for general overviews of evaluation and assessment, respectively.

2. Evaluation of teaching and learning processes

2.1 Teachers’ evaluation of the activities

At the end of each activity specified in the curriculum, the Core Teacher fills a 10-item questionnaire, derived from Barrett et al. (2018c, pp. 34-35). The teacher can answer items using a 3-level response format (1 = yes, 2 = partly, 3 = no); a “not applicable” response is also available. See Figure 3 for the questionnaire as integrated in CVS App.

2.2 Learners’ evaluation of the activities

At the end of each activity foreseen in the curriculum, each child completes a 1-item questionnaire in which he or she declares his or her degree of satisfaction with this specific activity. Children can answer using a 5-level response format with emoticons (from 1 = not at all satisfied, to 5 = extremely satisfied). See Figure 4 for the questionnaire as integrated in CVS App.

3. Assessment of children’s democratic and intercultural competences

Before the beginning of curriculum implementation (pre-test) and after the end of its implementation (post-test), both teachers and children fill in a questionnaire which assesses the children’s DI competences.

3.1 Teacher assessment of children’s democratic and intercultural competences

The questionnaire consists of 135 items derived from the RFCDC descriptors (Barrett et al., 2018b). The teacher can answer items using a 3-level response format (1 = yes, 2 = partly, 3 = no); a “not applicable” response is also available. See Figure 5 for the questionnaire as integrated in CVS App. A total score can be obtained for each competence included in the RFCDC conceptual model, for pre-test and post-test.

3.2 Self-report assessment of children’s democratic and intercultural competences

The questionnaire consists of 93 items derived from the RFCDC descriptors (Barrett et al., 2018b). Children can answer items using a 5-level response format (from 1 = not at all, to 5 = very much), with visual symbols (see Figure 6).

See Figure 7 for the questionnaire as integrated in CVS App. A total score can be obtained for each competence included in the RFCDC conceptual model, for pre-test and post-test.

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