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Clintos_02
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EllieRa
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Should product/performance tasks be abolished?

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Started: 12/14/2015 Category: Education
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Clintos_02

Pro

Can't a student's learning be assesed through tests alone?
EllieRa

Con

The students should be assessed through tests and exams, besides other methods of learning's assessments.

First of all, only the idea you should learn and prepare for the test/ exam makes yourself to better concentrate and recall from your memory all the learnt information. Even in case you prepare rugs, nolens-volens you will remember some information.

In case you don't have the tests/ exams, you will not put any effort to remember everything.

Henry L. Roediger III, a cognitive psychologist at Washington University, studies how the brain stores, and later retrieves, memories. He compared the test results of students who used common study methods"such as re-reading material, highlighting, reviewing and writing notes, outlining material and attending study groups"with the results from students who were repeatedly tested on the same material. When he compared the results, Roediger found, "Taking a test on material can have a greater positive effect on future retention of that material than spending an equivalent amount of time restudying the material." Remarkably, this remains true "even when performance on the test is far from perfect and no feedback is given on missed information."

A curious peculiarity of our memory is that things are impressed better by active than by passive repetition. I mean that in learning (by heart, for example), when we almost know the piece, it pays better to wait and recollect by an effort from within, than to look at the book again. If we recover the words in the former way, we shall probably know them the next time; if in the latter way, we shall very likely need the book once more. In other words, students who want to memorize information should attempt to retrieve that information from their own memories, rather than review the material over and over from notes or a text. (http://www.theatlantic.com...)
Debate Round No. 1
Clintos_02

Pro

Clintos_02 forfeited this round.
EllieRa

Con

Tests and exams are the best way to demonstrate your performance in front of your mates. There is a method to compare your own knowledge with the ones of your colleagues and to find the ways for improvement, if any are needed.

Tests help to reinforce key concepts, solidify knowledge, exercise expression and at the same time offer motivational opportunities to students to push themselves.

Examinations are ways for us to drive our instructions - tools for continuing or altering teaching - and they give students the tools to be responsible for their own learning. We have to teach responsibility; it does not come naturally to the majority of students.
Debate Round No. 2
Clintos_02

Pro

Clintos_02 forfeited this round.
EllieRa

Con

Tests are the most convenient way of gauging how much someone knows. No one cares about your testing anxiety or the traffic jam that made you so late to class that you only had forty-five minutes to scribble down your answers. Doing well on tests isn"t just about showing that you"re intelligent, but proving that you have the ability to retain information under stress. These abilities are integral to future success.
Debate Round No. 3
Clintos_02

Pro

Clintos_02 forfeited this round.
EllieRa

Con

So, the tests are used for the following:
- to make the student to learn at least elementary things (which will be remembered as a result of preparation for the tests)
- to assess yourself
- to make a comparison between you and your classmates
- to find the gaps in your learning and improve them
- to identify your strong and weak sides
- to serve as a motivation for learning

Another point is that the tests should be elaborated in such way so they could reveal not only memory, but also to target the competencies, the ways of solving problems, etc. The Bloom's taxonomy is the best tool for development tests and exams, because the questions are formulated in such a way, so the student will start to think logically, not only to recall things that have been learnt.
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