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Transforming Formative Assessment In Lif : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP - Kathryn Ecclestone

Transforming Formative Assessment In Lif

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP

Paperback Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9780335236541
Number Of Pages: 248

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The idea that formative assessment or 'assessment for learning' can transform teaching and learning has become a mantra, and optimism in the 1980s and 1990s that outcome-based and competence-based assessment would widen methods and 'evidence' for showing achievement and motivate learners alienated from traditional approaches are now embedded in assessment systems, the inspection and professional development that supports them, and in teachers' own espoused theories of learning, teaching and assessment.

Yet not only is there widespread misunderstanding about what formative assessment really is but its distortion into highly instrumental forms of 'coaching to the criteria' is also endemic in post-compulsory education: students are undoubtedly 'achieving' 'participating' and 'engaging' but what are they really 'learning'? Based on an extensive, in-depth 2-year study of formative assessment in vocational education and Skills for Life programmes in literacy, language and numeracy, this book explores the purposes and effects of teachers' approaches to formative assessment in vocational education courses, key skills and 'Skills for Life' courses for adults, and the impact of their approaches on teaching, attitudes to learning and learning outcomes.

Through a series of case studies, the book highlights how factors in one learning context can conspire to make feedback and other forms of formative assessment highly instrumental, whilst in others this can be a springboard to deep and meaningful learning. In some learning contexts, teachers have surrendered some of their previous confidence and beliefs to a more compliant approach and lower expectations of students than they might once have had. In others, teachers are highly instrumental and dominated by a target-driven institutional ethos. And in some, they remain upbeat and confident despite pressures with enthusiasm for a distinct subject, clear beliefs about educational purposes, and positive rather than diminished images of students and their potential.

These contrasts, together with an understanding of why they occur, offer a strong basis for challenging the worst excesses of instrumentalism and enabling teachers to identify which factors they can and cannot influence in order to make their formative assessment better.

Introduction
All Change: Pedagogy And Assessment In Lifelong Learning
What Formative Assessment Is, And What It Is Not
Learning And Assessment Cultures In Lifelong Learning
Questioning And Embedded In Teaching: Resisting Instrumentalism In AVCE Science
Coaching To The Grade In 14-19 Vocational Education
Assessing Young People In e2e Programmes
Self-Assessment And Feedback In BTEC National Diploma Public Services
Reviews Of Progress And Individual Learning Plans In Adult Literacy And Numeracy Classes
Self And Peer Assessment In Part-Time ESOL Classes
Changing Teachers' Assessment Practices: The Prognosis For Professional Development
Transforming Formative Assessment
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ISBN: 9780335236541
ISBN-10: 0335236545
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15th October 2010
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1