ERIC Number: ED399238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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A Democratic Assessment Strategy.
Boe, Barbara L.
Alternative teaching strategies such as cooperative group work should be followed by cooperative assessment strategies. Teachers of teachers use various teaching models but may fail to also model a similar variety of assessment strategies. When the emphasis is on cooperative learning, especially with an issues-oriented approach, then the assessment instrument should reflect these strategies. Alternative assessment using oral skills and cooperative learning groups can be used in the classroom in the form of cooperative oral exams. This reduces test anxiety and implements the ideals of democracy in the classroom. The following are two examples of group assessment and democracy in action: (1) in an experimental learning class for teachers, mock school board meetings were used as a group testing model. Working within small groups, a consensus was first reached and then brought to the entire class during sharing time. Each group defended its contribution and additional new ideas emerged from the second level of group dynamics. (2) In a fourth grade class unit on the rain forest, an oral letter was the final project and the assessment tool, incorporating language arts, science, and social studies. Four samples of oral assessments of elementary teacher education students are attached. (Contains 16 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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