Alternative assessment in physical education: a review of international literature

López-Pastor, Victor Manuel, Kirk, David, Lorente-Catalán, Eloisa, MacPhail, Ann and Macdonald, Doune (2013) Alternative assessment in physical education: a review of international literature. Sport, Education and Society, 18 1: 57-76. doi:10.1080/13573322.2012.713860


Author López-Pastor, Victor Manuel
Kirk, David
Lorente-Catalán, Eloisa
MacPhail, Ann
Macdonald, Doune
Title Alternative assessment in physical education: a review of international literature
Journal name Sport, Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
1470-1243
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2012.713860
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 76
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Assessment is one of the most fraught and troublesome issues physical educators have had to deal with over the past 40 years or so. In light of the challenges this situation presents, in this paper we provide an overview of the international literature on assessment in school physical education. We give an account of both traditional and alternative forms of assessment, focusing in particular on recent approaches that may be considered belong to the latter category of assessment. We found that traditional assessment instruments such as Physical Fitness Tests and subjective assessment criteria such as grading students' effort and clothing have been popular approaches to assessment. We also found alternative assessment approaches now in use that have a stronger educational focus. Thus, while we consider that this overview of research studies provides evidence of genuine progress in an area that has been fraught with difficulties for physical education as an educational endeavour, there is work to be done to disseminate what we understand to be good assessment practices. In closing, we briefly note some further challenges for research on assessment in physical education.
Keyword Alternative assessment
Assessment
Assessment for learning
Authentic assessment
Physical education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 14 August 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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