Search results for: Evaluation methods
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Secondary Mathematics Preservice Teachers' Assessment Perspectives and Practices: An Evolutionary Portrait
This article presents a research study of how six secondary mathematics preservice teachers learned to use such reform-based assessment practices while enrolled in one of three reform-minded teacher education programs. Findings indicate that preservice teachers first focus on how to assess before considering other assessment functions such as what to assess and how to use assessment.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
This article describes the process and outcomes of a project aimed at bringing together a set of diverse experts. The experts should generate a set of design recommendations for what should be considered when creating, sustaining, and assessing professional development systems to support the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
This study investigated the current practices and training needs of early childhood professionals in conducting assessment with young children with and at-risk of disabilities. The findings reveal that the participants reported that they used a wide range of standardized tools and nonstandardized methods to assess children’s development in the developmental domains. Three of the top five tools most frequently used by professionals to assess children’s skills are curriculum-based assessment methods that are developmentally based and that take into consideration the child’s experiences and background. The authors recommend that preservice teacher preparation programs must include numerous targeted field assignments. Furthermore, preservice teachers must receive instruction in how to use a few of the most commonly used tools and assessment methods.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a required assessment course on the assessment literacy of teacher candidates. The findings showed that certain aspects of assessment literacy were present before the course. At the onset of the course, teacher candidates had the highest mean scores for Ethical Assessment, Scoring, and Choosing Assessment Methods. However, the exposure to the course potentially increased assessment literacy in some areas. For instance, the participants came into the course with low mean scores in sound design of assessments and communicating results. The results revealed that the participants increased in their mean scores for sound design of assessment and communicating results on the posttest, though these were still the lowest scores.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2015
Leveraging Data Sampling and Practical Knowledge: Field Instructors’ Perceptions About Inter-Rater Reliability Data
This study examined the attitudes of field instructors regarding inter-rater reliability analyses. The authors analyzed the discussions of the university-based field instructors about what accounted for varying correlations. Qualitative data analysis found that 7 field instructors assumed divergent scores indicate weakness in evaluation processes and posited conflicting root causes.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
This review addresses the validity of published meta-analyses in education that determines the credibility and generalizability of study findings. The authors' objectives were to evaluate the current meta-analytic practices in education, identify methodological strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for improvements in order to generate a more valid and credible knowledge base of what works in practice. The review was found that 56 meta-analyses followed general recommendations fairly well in problem formulation and data collection, but much improvement is needed in data evaluation and analysis.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014
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
This study explored the development of preservice chemistry teachers’ reflective skills as they were involved in web-based portfolio construction as part of their teaching practicum course. The authors proposed a set of reflection-based tasks to enrich preservice science teachers’ internship experiences.The findings showed that the participants demonstrated high- and low-level reflective skills in each reflection task. Moreover, the authors identified a statistically significant increase in the frequency of high-level indicators from the first to the second reflection task. In addition, the participants perceived the web-based portfolios as tools that allowed easy access and the development of better portfolio artifacts.
Updated: Mar. 05, 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
This essay aims to provide an overview of the challenges of accounting for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English learners (ELs) in the evaluation of mainstream teachers. The authors focus on the two prominent indicators of teaching quality—classroom observations and value-added scores. The authors conclude with recommendations for states and districts to ensure that teacher evaluation systems adequately and fairly account for these students.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013