Levels of Student Learning

Not Achieved

  • No understanding of theory or practice demonstrated. Student misses the point.

Beginner

  • The Student makes simple and obvious theory to practice connections but does not demonstrate broad understanding.
  • The Student’s response only focuses on one relevant aspect.
  • The Student is governed by rules and has no experience of the situation on which to draw.
  • The Student needs a high level of supervision and support to draw conclusions about the Child/Children, to develop appropriate learning goals and to problem solve.
  • The Student’s use of time in planning and teaching is inefficient.
  • The Student is more focussed on their own performance rather than on the Child or the effectiveness of their teaching.

Advanced Beginner

  • The Student can understand several components but the understanding of each remains discrete. A number of connections are made but the significance of the whole is not determined.  Ideas and concepts around an issue are disorganised and are not related together.
  • The Student’s response focuses on several relevant aspects but they are treated independently and additively.
  • The Student has had sufficient prior experience of a situation to deliver marginally acceptable performance.
  • The Student continues to need support from Cooperating Teacher.
  • The Student’s need for supervision is related to the complexity of the child/situation and their level of previous experience.
  • The Student is able to recognize some aspects related to the situation and is able to draw some conclusions about the Child/Children, to develop some appropriate learning goals.
  • The Student’s use of time in planning and teaching is somewhat efficient.
  • The Student is becoming focussed on the Child and is developing an ability to use observation to assist planning and teaching.

Graduate

  • The Student can indicate connection between facts and Graduate level theory, action and purpose.
  • The Student shows understanding of several components which are integrated conceptually demonstrating understanding of how the parts contribute to the whole.
  • The Student can apply theoretical concept to familiar problems or work situations.
  • The Student is able to integrate theory and practice coherently.
  • The Student makes deliberate plans based upon analysis and careful deliberation of situations.
  • The Student is able to identify priorities and manage their own work and benefit from learning activities that centre around decision making, planning and co-ordinating.
  • The Student can mostly perform independently and only seeks support in a complex situation.
  • The Student is able to recognize meaningful aspects related to the situation and is able to use experience to problem solve and plan appropriately.
  • The Student uses time efficiently and is able to prioritize.
  • The Student is able to maintain focus on the child and the teaching situation.

 


Adapted with permission from McAllister, S., M. Lincoln, Ferguson, A. & McAllister, L. (2006). COMPASS®: Competency assessment in speech pathology. The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Ltd. and with reference to McAllister, S., M. Lincoln, Ferguson, A. & McAllister, L. (2010). Issues in developing valid assessments of speech pathology students’ performance in the workplace. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 45(1): 1-14.