Testing, Files and Record Keeping

  • Philip Hawthorne


Were it not for the considerable time taken to mark them, teachers would probably use tests more often to provide a detailed record of the progress, or lack of it, of their pupils. They could assess the effectiveness of particular teaching methods by carrying out a pre-test before teaching a topic and a post-test afterwards. Pupils who had experienced difficulty could have their problems analysed by taking a diagnostic test. This is all very well in theory, but the demands on a teacher’s time rarely allow such luxuries. It may, therefore, seem that the use of computer-administered tests could offer a means of at least attempting some of these ideas. It must be emphasised that in no way will the computer replace the conventional test: pupils must still be able to express themselves clearly and set out their work logically.


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© Philip Hawthorne 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Hawthorne
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  1. 1.Portadown CollegeIreland

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