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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
Queensland Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment: The Impact of Policy Priorities on Teacher Attitudes
The purpose of this study was to examine Queensland teachers’ conceptions of assessment and their relationship to their level of teaching and compared the results to teachers from New Zealand. A questionnaire-based survey of teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and practices in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment was conducted in 2003. Data revealed that teachers showed a willingness to integrate assessment into their professional duties of improved teaching and learning, tempered with caution about the quality and usefulness of the assessment resources being used to make students and schools accountable.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011
In this article, the authors examine how assessments in schools that participated in a class size reduction program intersected with forces of accountability. The goal of this article is to broaden the understanding of what it means for schools and teachers to be held accountable for student learning and to discuss how different accountability frameworks affect instructional practices in classrooms. The research took place in nine elementary schools across South and Central Wisconsin. The authors identify three aspects of assessment practices that affect this intersection: alignment, audience, and action.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
Assessment of, for, and as Learning Within Schools: Implications for Transforming Classroom Practice
The current study explored teachers' and administrators understanding and use of “assessment of, for, and as learning”. The sample consisted of 18 administrators and 20 teachers from two school districts in southern Ontario, Canada. One of the key findings from this study is that teachers in both panels tended to over-emphasize assessment of learning techniques, whereas a minority used assessment for and as learning on a consistent basis.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011