The 'Mini-Viva' as a tool to enhance assessment for learning

David Robert CARLESS

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This paper reports on an action research project which aimed to promote assessment for learning within a summative assignment. In an attempt to provide enhanced feedback to students, the process of their group assignment involved lecturer feedback at various stages. A particular focus was on a 'mini-viva', whereby students explained and justified to the lecturer selected aspects of their assignment after it was submitted but before a mark was awarded. Oral and written evaluation data were collected from students, two peer observers and from colleagues taking part in an action research team. Some implications for 'good assessment practices' are discussed. Copyright © 2002 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-363
JournalAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002


Carless, D. R. (2002). The 'Mini-Viva' as a tool to enhance assessment for learning. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 27(4), 353-363.


  • Educational Evaluation


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