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Innovative assessment tools and methods - France

We have chosen to mention the national assessment protocols adapted by Jack Sagot, a teacher at CNEFEI. These are first of all protocols aimed at pupils with a visual deficiency.  At the beginning of the 2005/2006 school year, these pupils will have documents on which the layout has been revised, the font has been modified, and the drawings changed. The pupils will have texts on paper that can be printed on A4 or A3 pages depending on the degree of visual deficiency. Then there are protocols designed for pupils with motor deficiency.  These pupils will be given tests on a computer on which there will be blocked forms, text fields and squares to tick. Geometry exercises will be grouped together and carried out with the help of a TGT  kit.  Both types of protocols can now be downloaded on the CNEFEI site.  In order to avoid changing the nature of national assessments, this adaptation in fact affected surface elements. 

Certain disabled pupils however, will not be able to benefit from these adaptations because of the degree of their language or praxis deficits. For such cases the National Center has developed open computer tools making it possible to build all sorts of exercises related to the mastery of language and mathematics. They are the Pictop  and Généx  multimedia activities generators that enable the teacher to design more personalised batteries of assessment in the framework of formative assessment.  These tools  help to educate and evaluate heavily motor disabled pupils, unable for example, to write and/or to speak. 

Assessment of social skills.

We would like to mention the works of Jean-Marc Dutrénit   on this question.  In his view, social skills can be defined as “carrying on relationships of reciprocity most of which are positive in areas implicit in everyday life”. Starting with this definition and using various research material, J-M Dutrénit believes that social skills have a positive impact on learning and that it is therefore useful to train the social skills of a child by organising the mediations that favour the life experience of the child concerned.  For this purpose J-M Dutrénit designed a social skills assessment tool  for children on the basis of an extremely precise model. He takes as an example the case of an eight year old child with behavioural difficulties. The multiple specialty team guiding this child used a refined assessment of the child’s social skills in the framework of a personalised plan in order to define in common the objectives to be achieved.  The designer of this tool stresses the need to conduct a quality assessment precisely, if we want to succeed in evaluating quality.

  

Sources: 

  • The “Trousse Géo Tracés” geometry kit downloadable on the www.cnefei.fr site. 
  • Pictop is a software package to help learn reading and writing.  It is very user-friendly.  It allows the user to move textual labels (letter, word, sentence) and vocalize them.  
  • Génex is a very powerful software package that enables the user to construct complex multimedia activities combined a text, fixed or video images, sounds.  It can manage the pupils’ answers. 
  • Works of Jean-Marc Dutrénit: Design and production by J. Sagot and M. Durand, trainers at CNEFEI. 
  • J-M. Dutrénit, La compétence sociale, Harmattan, 1997. Internet site: reseauqualitesociale through  Google. 
  • Social Skills Assessment Tool : Software package  « Accompagnement plus-maîtrise de la qualité 2003 », dutrenit@clubinternet.fr 
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