Holistic mean ‘capturing the whole or wider situation’. Applied to assessment, it will mean that the assessment will incorporate as broad a range of natural performance activities or related assessment criteria as possible. The benefits of using a holistic approach to assessment are that it allows any assessment to be planned for, with proven test models, and is a meaningful and more ‘natural’ activity of gaining the different aspects of learning, rather than using a perform ‘to the test’ scenario. It allows the learner to give any evidence for a significant number of identified criteria in a time efficient manner.
It is a cost-effective approach to assessment, and minimizes the number of visits to any work environment for assessment to take place, and is cost-effective from a time perspective as well with an assessment potentially covering a larger proportion of identified criteria.By using naturally occurring workplace evidence, or vocationally relevant assessment as near ‘real life’ as possible, gives a level of motivation for the learner. It increases their involvement in the learning process, rather than the feeling of having to complete a number of exercises and activities to achieve qualification success.
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