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Annual Theme 2021: The changing nature of evaluation in education and its impact on learners’ well-being

The Lifelong Learning Platform addresses forward-looking issues in the field of education and training on an annual basis. This year’s theme will be explored during different events and meetings at the crossroads between the Portuguese and Slovenian Presidencies of the Council of the EU, thus helping the transition and bridging with the outcomes of the Future of Europe Conference led by the French Presidency. The 2021 Annual Theme is on wellbeing in education and assessment methods – we will explore how the two relate to each other and propose innovative learner-centred approaches to the issue. 

The changing nature of evaluation in education and its impact on learners’ wellbeing

Rethinking learning outcomes: from assessment to wellbeing

The theme will show all the facets through which LLLP seeks to tackle the topic. It will engage in discussing the essence of wellbeing, and linking it to the much-needed debate on the future of evaluation and/or assessment of knowledge and competences, and taking stock of education’s contribution to societal challenges. 

What does the data say?

  • About 60% of school students report getting very tense when they study.[1]
  • Just over 60% of girls and 40% of boys say they feel very anxious about doing tests at school, even when they are well prepared.[2]
  • Over 70% of parents say they would choose to send their children to a school with below-average exam results if students were happy there.[3]

Topic / main issues / questions 

What are assessment, evaluation, and testing? Why are they important? What are different ways of approaching them? What are the challenges? 

Educational assessment or educational evaluation[1] is the systematic process of documenting and using empirical data on the knowledge, skill, attitudes, and beliefs to refine programs and improve student learning.

What does wellbeing mean in education and training? Why is it important? What impacts wellbeing in education and training (external vs internal factors)? What are the challenges? 

According to the Council of Europe: Wellbeing is the experience of health and happiness. It includes mental and physical health, physical and emotional safety, and a feeling of belonging, sense of purpose, achievement and success. Wellbeing is a broad concept and covers a range of psychological and physical abilities. 

Is there a correlation between learners’ wellbeing and assessments/evaluation? If so, what is it? How does it differ according to assessment/evaluation methods? 

The role of the learning outcomes: What is the impact on wellbeing? What is the impact on an assessment?  What is the impact on teaching methods?

Learning outcomes specify what learners’ new behaviours will be after a learning experience. They state the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that the students will gain through your course. Learning outcomes begin with an action verb and describe something observable or measurable.

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