What is a Gobbet?
A gobbet can often be a passage of literature, an image, a cartoon, a photograph, a map or an artefact which provides a context for analysis, translation or discussion in an assessment.
As an indication, three gobbets are equivalent to one essay question in terms of time in an assessment. The art of setting a good gobbet assessment depends on the gobbet the assessor chooses. A good piece of gobbet must be carefully selected to illustrate a particular theme. An answer to a gobbet is not a summary or paraphrase of the piece; unlike an essay it does not usually include an introduction and a conclusion. It is a precise and focused piece of writing that provides the context, meaning and signficance. Disciplines such as history or archaeology often use gobbets to assess students on their deep understanding of the subject, giving students the opportunity to think, extract and analyze.
Three concepts to answer gobbets
|Take Time to Set|
|Take Time to Answer|
|Take Time to Correct|
|Take Time to provide Feedback|
|Y||Suitable for Large Class|
|Can substitute with Computers|
|Process Oriented Method|
|Y||Product Oriented Method|
|P = Possibly Y =Yes|
|Context:||Outstanding grasp and a mature understanding of the gobbet and its contexts||Comments on the nature, authorship, and other material pertinent to the context and interpretation of the piece||Make some pertinent comments on the nature, authorship, and other relevant aspects of the gobbet||Fails to expand on the nature, authorship, and other issues relevant to the gobbet|
|Analysis:||Clear, coherent and compelling analysis||Demonstrates familiarity with the area under discussion||Demonstrates some familiarity with the area under discussion||May paraphrase rather than analyse the gobbet under discussion|
|Meaning:||Comprehensive coverage. This may be achieved by citation||Identify the point of the document or the theme that it illustrates||Identify the point of the gobbet Ė the subject or the theme which it illustrates||Fails to identify the point or the theme of the piece|
|Citation:||Economic and effective use of all material cited||Substantiates the points that are made from evidence||Contains some citation but not appropriately used to substantiate the piece||Contains no citation.|
|Significance:||Identifies the gobbetís significance in an independent, distinctive, and authoritative way||Explores some of the significance of the gobbet with reference to such issues as typicality, representative ness, uniqueness, reliability, bias||Touches on the wider significance||Fails to identify the gobbetís wider significance|
(From "Marking and Assessment", Classics and Ancient History, Bristol University (2008))
When trying to gauge how long a gobbet answer should be, you should always be guided by how many marks it is allotted in comparison to other questions on the exam paper. For example, if the essay questions are worth 40 marks and the gobbets 20, the gobbets should be approximately half as long as the essay.
If time is short, it is better to jot down some notes for which you might pick up a few marks than to
write nothing at all.
DONíTs and DOs for Students
From "Gobbet Guidelines", School of History, Classics and Archaeology, The University of Edinburgh (2008).
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