This project involves using a system called e-scape (electronic solutions for creative assessments in portfolio environments) that was first developed for Design and Technology. The work has been extended to investigate how controlled assessments in GCSE Geography can be written, delivered, recorded and assessed. These four related elements form an integrated ICT-based system.
The project is investigating ways in which assessment activities can be carried out under tightly controlled conditions in a limited amount of time, and Geography trials of the system have already taken place in several schools.
It also aims to find out how to assess work using the 'comparative pairs' method, using a holistic approach to determine the ability of students to 'think geographically' and to determine their rank order.
A related part of the work has involved using PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in fieldwork conditions.
This area of the website provides background information and details of the e-scape system and how it has been applied to controlled assessments in Geography. Use the menu to the left to navigate through the project pages.
The e-scape project was funded by Becta and Goldsmiths University.