Just what is professional Judgement? Decisions, choices we all make everyday at work.
If we want to build into assessments, the possibility for students to make these types of decision, we need to ensure that they understand that it the theory that underpins their final decision. All too often it is the understanding of the theory which is assessed but here we need to go another step and make a significant proportion of the final mark associated to the outcome, the professional judgement.
It comes back to two emergent themes. Firstly, the Interview with Matthew Dunne, where he stated that his job was all about the practical applications of theory. His client does not care about the theory he used to come to his final decision. Yet it is the final decision that he will be ultimately judged on. The complete opposite to university assessments but University is where we are trying to prepare students for the world of work.
Secondly, the notion of impact or visualisation. If we are to bridge the gap between learning theory and the practical applications of it, then surely we need to build in scenarios where students can apply their theory so they can have experience of making professional judgements where it is this application of the theory which is the important end. This would make the assessment more ‘authentic’ giving it a real world flavour. They have learnt and understood the all important theory but they now need to apply it and await feedback from a client or end user.
Whether or not the assessment will give marks for the final application/decision is up for debate. Could this be effectively done? But there would need to be a critique, a feed back from it. The obvious place for this to come from would be an employer but this may be time heavy. It is feasible that a peer review could be employed here.