ERIC Number: ED418990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
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Challenging the Mind, Touching the Heart: Best Assessment Practices.
Reineke, Robert A.
This book is designed to help educators consider how assessment relates to instruction and recognize how assessment affects student learning. It intends to encourage teachers to establish a climate in which students can safely seek and use assessment information. A basic assumption is that learning occurs best in a positive setting, one that treats "mistakes" as a normal and temporary condition. The opening chapter describes assessment for learning as different from assessment used for other purposes. Ten assessment principles and five dimensions of assessment information are offered, as well as a general process to review assessment practices. The second chapter suggests that effective students are essential for effective schools. Developing students' capacity to use assessment information increases their effectiveness. The third chapter considers a meaningful curriculum. Chapter 4 extends the discussion of assessment practices to information use, and Chapter 5 asserts the idea that effective assessment serves professional educators as well as students. Finally, Chapter 6 addresses the crucial issue of the support needed to help educators review their instruction and assessment practices. Overall, the focus is on practical strategies that establish a classroom climate in which assessment is collegial and beneficial to the students. Appendixes contain: a personal professional portfolio; suggested readings; a discussion of scoring and grading; and examples of assessment practices. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Grading, Instructional Effectiveness, Performance Based Assessment, Scoring, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Test Use
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6630-X, $27.95; clothbound: ISBN-0-8039-6629-6, $65.95); fax: 805-499-0871; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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