A framework for determining the authenticity of assessment tasks: Applied to an example in Law

Kelley Burton


Authentic assessment tasks enhance engagement, retention and the aspirations of students. This paper explores the discipline-generic features of authentic assessment, which reflect what students need to achieve in the real world. Some assessment tasks are more authentic than others and this paper designs a proposed framework supported by the literature that aids unit co-ordinators to determine the level of authenticity of an assessment task. The framework is applied to three summative assessment tasks, that is, tutorial participation, advocacy exercise and problem-based exam, in a law unit. The level of authenticity of the assessment tasks is compared and opportunities to improve authenticity are identified.


Authentic assessment, real world assessment, engagement and retention

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/jld.v4i2.72
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