Search results for: Assessment
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What Is Meant by Argumentative Competence? An Integrative Review of Methods of Analysis and Assessment in Education
In this article, the authors conducted an integrative literature review focusing on the methods of argument analysis and assessment that have been proposed thus far in the field of education. Specifically, they constructed an interpretative framework to organize the information contained in 97 reviewed studies in a coherent and meaningful way. The main result of the framework’s application is the emergence of three levels of argumentative competence: metacognitive, metastrategic, and epistemological competence.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
The authors propose that educative assessment materials that highlight students’ science writing can provide a framework to help teachers evaluate the growth of their students’ science understanding. The authors identified three educative features of this assessment that seemed both valuable to teachers and worthy of further study. The authors noted two main ways that teachers began to make instructional decisions based on considering their students’ responses on the educative assessments. The authors' experiences developing and implementing these two aspects of the LISELL project have implications for theory, research, and practice in how to support teachers’ and students’ engagement with language-rich science inquiry.
Updated: Apr. 08, 2014
Interactive Group Activity: A Socially Mediated Tool for Opening an Interpretive Space in Classroom Research
The present article concentrates on the Interactive Group Activity (IGA) tool as a means of uncovering children’s meaning making following an extended period of learning. The IGA acts as a group assessment device underlining the socially mediated nature of children’s learning. This paper describes how the IGA tool evolved, gives its form and structure, argues for its affordances and suggests possibilities for its wider use.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2014
As education reform shifts the focus to college and career readiness, approaches for setting performance standards need to be revised. The authors argue that the focus on assessing student readiness can move performance standards toward an increasingly empirical grounding, and leading to better guideposts for instructional improvement. Specifically, the authors describe and illustrate the processes and practices associated with evidence-based standard setting.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
Metacognitive Analysis of Pre-service Teacher Conception of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Using Blogs
This exploratory study investigated the problems outlined in the literature surrounding the development of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). The authors analysed blog postings over an eight-week period to identify the varying levels of student conception of TGfU using the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) taxonomy. The findings revealed that students move through at least two SOLO levels of metacognitive development. For pre-service teachers, TGfU represents a challenge to their pedagogical paradigm.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
The authors have implemented a structured approach to developing the habits of critical reflection. The authors' attempts to incorporate into these pre-service teachers' learning the ‘practice’ part of reflective practice have included the development of different kinds of practical and applied tasks. In turn, their attempts to incorporate the ‘reflective’ part of reflective practice have involved the embedding in assessment activities of different scaffolds for metacognitive reflection.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
In this article, the author presents reflections and guidance concerning assessment literacy in teacher education. The author argues that assessment literacy consists of an individual’s understandings of the fundamental assessment concepts and procedures deemed likely to influence educational decisions. The author claims that accountability assessments have become the determiners of educator quality. Furthermore, the author argues that prospective teachers should understand educational assessment because of the potential of such testing to serve as a catalyst for improved instruction.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2013
Preservice Teachers’ Reflection on Clinical Experiences: A Comparison of Blog and Final Paper Assignments
The authors investigated whether blog reflections would show a greater depth of reflection (DoR( than end-of-the-semester paper reflections. The authors developed a reflection assessment tool, Framework of Four Levels of Reflection for Teacher Education. The results indicated that the preservice teachers who completed blogs showed higher levels of reflection in their writing compared to those who completed papers. Furthermore, the blogs were shorter than the papers. These results indicate that reflections posted to blogs over the course of the semester are more effective than final papers for reflective assignments.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013
This article focuses on the assessment of student teachers during practicum. The study is contextualised in an Australian pre-service teacher education program in which practicum has been reconceptualised to help bridge the theory–practice gap commonly associated with “front-end loading” programs. The findings point to what participants perceive as disparate understandings between university and school staff about the nature and role of assessment.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012
This article presents a particular framework of teachers’ conceptions about assessment in school. Fifty teachers of primary and secondary school were interviewed. The results allowed building a model of conceptions of assessment. This model comprises four dimensions about the effects of assessment on: teaching, learning, accountability of teachers and schools to different audiences and stakeholders, and the certification of achievement.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011