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Formative Conceptions of Assessment: Trainee Teachers’ Thinking about Assessment Issues in English Secondary Schools
In this article, the authors examine the developing thinking about assessment of graduate trainees preparing for secondary teaching in England. The authors interview a sample of trainee teachers at an early stage of preparation for teaching. The findings suggest that the preconceptions of trainee teachers about the nature and purpose of assessment, and their interpretations of classroom observations on school placement, offer a confused and complex basis for adopting recommended assessment practices in their own teaching.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012