ERIC Number: EJ1022456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Readin', Writin', Ready for Testin'? Adaptive Assessment in Elective and Standardized-Tested Social Studies Course Contexts
Meuwissen, Kevin W.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v41 n3 p285-315 2013
This is an instrumental case study of 1 novice and 1 experienced secondary social studies teachers' concurrent assessment practices within tightly structured, standardized-tested curricula and flexible elective curricula. It is anchored by 2 questions: (1) How did the teachers' assessment stances and practices manifest across the 2 course contexts? and (2) How did they mediate the influences of high-stakes tests and other curriculum controls in the process of deciding what assessment practices to pursue? Findings suggest that the teachers' assessment experiences in their elective contexts strengthened their critiques of and adaptations to standardized assessment pressures in their tested courses and invigorated their assessment dialogues with students across both. These findings are significant because they illustrate how the productive tensions of teaching across discrepant curricular contexts can be generative for thinking and making decisions about assessing students' learning amid the current culture of test-based accountability.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Standardized Tests, Elective Courses, Case Studies, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, High Stakes Tests, Teacher Student Relationship, Criticism, Accountability, United States Government (Course), High School Students
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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