Third-Year Bachelor of Education Students’ Perceptions of Collaborative Assessment
Keywords:collaborative assessment, collaborative testing, group testing, student learning, test anxiety, stress, information retention
Collaborative assessment incorporates the skills needed in the workplace today, and yet it isn’t a common form of assessment practiced in postsecondary institutions. Previous research shows that group testing has many benefits, including improved results and reduced anxiety (Muir & Tracy, 1999; Wiggs, 2010; Zimbardo et al., 2003; Fahim et al., 2014). In this study, Bachelor of Education students were interviewed to gather data on their perceptions of collaborative assessment. It was found that the majority, when given the option, would choose this form of testing despite the pressure of potentially feeling like a burden toward their peers. This study provides examples pointing to the need for more awareness of this form of assessment and the benefits that collaborative assessment offers.