EEL203 Assessment for Learning (8)


In this subject, students will explore observation, documentation and assessment practices in prior to school and primary school settings and critically discuss the purposes, method, strengths and challenges of pedagogical documentation in prior-to-school settings. They will observe a young child, documenting and interpreting learning using methods of pedagogical documentation in a digital portfolio. Students will critically analyse the debates and issues around standardised testing and grading systems commonly used in primary school settings in Australia. Students will develop a critical awareness of the usefulness of different approaches for recording children's learning for planning purposes, the ethical implications of these approaches, and how these approaches impact various stakeholders.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
On CampusAlbury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusDubbo Campus
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL203
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Develop a digital portfolio of children's learning
  • Interpret assessments, observations and documentation of children
  • Be aware of current issues and debates around assessment
  • Implement various methods of assessment, observation and documentation
  • Understand the concept of assessment for learning
  • Be aware of ethical considerations involved in assessment


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical and societal context of assessment for learning
  • Purpose, range and type of observation, documentation, and assessment methods
  • Analysis and Interpretation of children's learning
  • Critiques and debates around assessment
  • Assessment for group learning
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Ethical considerations in observation, documentation and assessment


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.