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Assessment & Evaluation

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In recent years the popularity of online education has increased significantly. This is in part due to its accommodation for anywhere, anytime learning, but it is also owing to the proliferation of high quality courses, as well as the emergence of more engaging learning management applications. Although the growth of online learning is quite substantial, our ability to effectively assess it has not kept pace.


 With online education becoming an integral part of academic institutions and corporations worldwide, support for such endeavors can be critical to the growth and development of an organization, thus making educators who are well versed in the complexities of e-learning and assessment a valuable commodity.

Ongoing challenges exist in particular for PHE, as we move to teaching and assessing in diverse online environments. Grading for improvement, while simultaneously acknowledging the marginalization of PHE as a subject are particularly critical challenges for PE teachers.

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For teachers and for students, the most effective evaluation comes from someone who sits beside us and helps us to grow

- Carol Ann Tomlinson


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Maximizing Learning through Assessment in Middle and High School Physical Education

K. Michael Kniffin & Helena Baert

The bane of physical education is compliance grading, where students are assessed on attendance, dress, and effort. Students cannot help but compare the way they are assessed in other classes with the often questionable assessment practices in physical education. Consequently, they may perceive the value of physical education as being lower than other subjects. In order for students to change their negative perception of physical education, assessment of learning must be based on a quality curriculum that meets the needs of students.

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Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique
International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education

The AIESEP specialist seminar ‘Future Directions in PE Assessment’ was held from October 18-20  2018, at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The seminar aimed to  bring together leading scholars in the field to present and discuss ‘evidence-informed’ views on  various topics around PE assessment. It brought together 71 experts from 20 countries (see appendix  2) to share research on PE assessment via keynote lectures and research presentations and to discuss  assessment-related issues in interactive sessions.

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Assessment of Effort and Participation in Physical Education 

TImothy Baghurst

The purpose of this article was  to provide an overview of the current literature surrounding effort  and participation as a component of grading in physical education.  In addition, discourse on the impact that varying methods for  assessment have on the physical education profession is provided,  followed by a best practice method for including effort and  participation in assessment.  

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Increasing the Value of Physical Education: The Role of Assessment

Douglas Collier

Although the history of assessment in physical education has not been a stellar one, and significant barriers remain, philosophical and pedagogical changes are taking place that allow us to be more optimistic about how assessment will be better aligned with learning objectives and tasks.

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Now That We're “Well Rounded,” Let's Commit to Quality Physical Education Assessment 

Nirup Sundaresan, Nermeen Dashoush & Rebecca Shangraw

Contentious debate surrounding the increased focus on high-stakes testing, school resource allocation, and the value of physical activity have threatened the very existence of school based physical education programs (France,  Moosbrugger, & Brockmeyer, 2011). As the requirements for and  time allotted to physical education have decreased over the past  few decades (SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical  Educators, 2016), the United States has been witnessing an unprecedented increase in childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth (Powers, Wegmann, Blackman, & Swick, 2014). 

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"Their enthusiasm is palpable and they inspire participants to get involved, show passion and solve problems."

Michelle B.

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