94335 - Theories and Procedures of Learning Evaluation

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  • Teacher Massimo Marcuccio

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-PED/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Teaching and Communication of Natural Sciences (cod. 5704)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Mar 08, 2023 to May 18, 2023


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student (a) will be able to identify models, meanings, uses and problems of the evaluation of processes and results of learning, projects and contexts, from the micro to the macro level; (b) will know the use of the different tools and procedures of the assessment/ self-assessment of the students' learning and knows how to use them; (c) will know the tools and procedures for the evaluation of contexts (at micro and macro level); (d) will know how to plan and build tools for the measurement and assessment of learning; (e) will be able to analyze and interpret the information collected in the different types of assessments (formative, summative and certification) also in the direction of the evaluation of the didactic action and the curriculum; (f) will be able to reflect on their own “theories” and experiences relating to school assessments and review them in the light of the results of scientific research and the related international debate.

Course contents

In relation to the different levels and areas of school contexts:

- implicit and explicit beliefs relating to learningn assessment;

- meanings, uses and problems of learning assessment;

- learning assessment models, strategies, tools and procedures.


Compulsory reading both for attending and not attending students:

Marcuccio M. (2022). Elementi per sviluppare la competenza nella valutazione degli apprendimenti in ambito scolastico. (The monograph will be available on Virtuale platform).

Teaching methods

A method of delivering the course in presence will be adopted. Any remote modalities will be activated only and exclusively in the cases and according to the modalities provided by the indications defined at the University governance level.

Classroom activities will be carried out focusing on active teaching methods (interactive lessons, case studies, teamwork) with a continuous enhancement of the direct experiences of the participants and the interactions between students.

Assessment methods

Formative assessment activities will be carried out during the course and the online activities to develop self- and hetero-regulation of the learning process by peers and the teacher.

The final assessment will be carried out through the assessment of a written paper ("essay") - whose contents and formal aspects will be agreed with the students during the lessons - and its oral discussion individually.

The student, through the final written paper ("essay") and its discussion, will have to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the concepts present in the mandatory bibliography, how to apply them to real situations, how to identify any links, and to be able to identify assumptions and consequences.

The Virtual platform has a document entitled Guide for preparing the final written paper that the student must consult before submitting the paper itself. 

The criteria used to evaluate the final written paper will be as follows: 1) relevance of the contents to the theme presented in the title; 2) coherence of the overall structure of the paper; 3) correctness of the contents; 4) exhaustiveness of the contents; 5) integration - where possible - of contents learned in other courses; 6) personal re-elaboration of the contents.

Teaching tools

Presentations on computer support.

Authentic materials.

Virtuale platform.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Marcuccio