Factors influencing quality assessment practices in business studies at technical vocational education and training colleges
Author(s)Nkalane, Patience Kelebogile
Contributor(s)Van Wyk, Micheal, 1960-
Business -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- South Africa
College students -- Rating of -- South Africa
Educational tests and measurements -- South Africa
Educational evaluation -- South Africa
Vocational education -- South Africa
Technical institutes -- South Africa
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AbstractTechnical Vocational Education and Training colleges (formerly known as Further Education and Training colleges) in South Africa have undergone many changes since 1994. In 2007, a new curriculum, the National Certificate Vocational, was rolled out. The new curriculum brought an approach of outcome-based teaching and learning to continuous assessment, with a National Summative Examination set by the National Department of Higher Education Examinations and Assessments, and programme certification conducted by Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education). When the National Certificate Vocational was introduced in 2006, lecturers attended training prior to the implementation of the new curriculum. However the training was inadequate, as it was a once-off; after the implementation of the National Certificate Vocational, new lecturers never received training. Umalusi reports from 2009–2013 stated that the implementation of Internal Continuous Assessment needed attention, highlighting challenges faced by lecturers regarding its implementation. The purpose of the study is to explore the factors that impact on the quality of Internal Continuous Assessment practices in NCV Business Studies. The constant comparison analysis developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967) was used in analysing the data collected during the interviews.
A qualitative research approach was employed, specifically a case-study research design. Purposive sampling was used to select lecturers as participants of this study. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and document analysis. Findings revealed that there was lack of standardisation and uniformity in all four campuses, poor-quality assessment tasks were set using old exam papers and textbook exercises, designing of assessment tools was limited to the use of few tools and the colleges gave little attention to the policies and documents regarding implementation of Internal Continuous Assessment. Recommendations have been formulated that may add value or make an educational contribution to the growing body of knowledge by strengthening Internal Continuous Assessment processes and ensuring quality of assessment practices at these colleges, to significantly enhance students’ academic performance, competence and throughput rate.
Curriculum and Instructional Studies
M. Ed. (Didactics Studies (Curriculum Studies))
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