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Educational Objectives and National Assessment : Assessing Assessment - Sue Butterfield

Educational Objectives and National Assessment

Assessing Assessment

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Published: 1st June 1995
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Changes in assessment are at the heart of government policy for change in the UK. The GCSE, the National Curriculum and National Vocational Qualifications seek to make the progress of individuals more measurable - in order to make education professionals more accountable. These changes create a precarious balance - between the promise of better opportunity for students and a system of centralized control which could be stifling for teachers and learners alike.This book takes an overall view of the technical claims made for improvements in assessment, alongside the policy agenda within which the changes are introduced. It highlights the dangers of taking a fragmented view - and allowing a competitive system and league tables to be based on information which may be technically shaky.The alternative to mechanistic, objectives-driven models of control appear to be a reassertion of the professional role in education. However, arguments for professional power have to be carefully weighed against the need for learner empowerment.

"...insightful and thought-provoking, challenging readers'beliefs about educational practice." - Assessment in Education

Introduction
Educational Objectives
The Political Context of Assessment
The General Certificate of Secondary Education, 1986 1993
The National Curriculum and Assessment National Vocational Qualifications
The Contested Ground of Curriculum
The Objectives of Imposed Curricula: Dissemination, Meanings and Teachers' Work
Criterion Referencing: Now You See It Now You Don't Issues in the Comparison of Performance Educational
Standards and Effectiveness The Research Agenda Against Fragmentation
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ISBN: 9780335194186
ISBN-10: 0335194184
Series: Assessing Assessment
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st June 1995
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.36