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ERIC Number: ED527621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-7
Pages: 264
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4158-8082-4
From Testing to Productive Student Learning: Implementing Formative Assessment in Confucian-Heritage Settings. Routledge Research in Education
Carless, David
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Research evidence indicates that formative assessment is one of the most effective ways of enhancing student learning. It is, however, difficult to implement successfully, principally because what is tested through summative assessment has such a powerful influence on teacher and student actions. This book scrutinizes the relationship between testing and learning from alternative perspectives to the dominant literature from the major Anglophone countries. It develops the notion of contextually grounded formative assessment practices by analyzing data from schools in the Confucian-heritage setting of Hong Kong. It explores questions such as: (1) Under what circumstances do tests support or hinder student learning?; (2) How can teachers effectively prepare students for tests and appropriately follow up after tests?; (3) What are the key socio-cultural influences impacting on testing and student learning in the classroom?; and (4) How do teachers change in their orientation towards assessment and what support do they require? This text is a valuable resource for education students, professionals and researchers, policy-makers and curriculum developers. The following chapters are contained in this book: (1) Potentials and Pitfalls in Assessment; (2) Summative and Formative Assessment: Building Productive Relationships; (3) Testing and Assessment: Selection, Learning and Social Control; (4) Education and Assessment in Hong Kong; (5) 'Restricted' and 'Extended' Formative Assessment: Towards Contextually Grounded Models; (6) Test Follow-Up as a Formative Assessment Strategy; (7) Peer Learning and Assessment; (8) Teacher Change and Formative Assessment; and (9) Conclusions and Implications: Ways Forward for Formative Assessment.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong