Nexus between Theory and Practice of Continuous Assessment in Higher Education: Dawa University in Focus


Nexus between Theory and Practice of Continuous Assessment in Higher Education: Dawa University in Focus


Sintayehu Belay Abejehu

Dire Dawa University and Bahir Dar University


Scientific Research and Reviews

The final goal of continuous assessment (CA) is to improve the quality of teaching and learning. This study examined the linkage between theoretical assumptions and the real practices of continuous assessment for quality teaching and learning in higher education institutions of Ethiopia, Dire Dawa University in focus. The study employed survey research design. The 73 educators and 289 learners were participated in the study. The study used 5-points Likert scale type data collection instrument. The data were analyzed via SPSS version 20. The data analysis technique employed was a one-sample t-test. The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was used to test the reliability of instruments and thus, the questionnaires had acceptable alpha coefficients. This study revealed that the instructors and students have acknowledged the opportunities of CA to improve the quality of teaching and learning in HEIs. Finally, if CA is to fit for purpose, the practice of continuous assessment for marking students’ learning performance and for facilitating their further learning should be balanced based on theoretical assumptions. Besides, the need to design competency-based assessment rubric was recommended.


Keywords: self-assessment; formative assessment; summative assessment; 

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Sintayehu Belay Abejehu.Nexus between Theory and Practice of Continuous Assessment in Higher Education: Dawa University in Focus.Scientific Research and Reviews, 2020, 13:115


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