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ERIC Number: EJ1048638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
The Present Absence: Assessment in Social Studies Classrooms
Torrez, Cheryl A.; Claunch-Lebsack, Elizabeth Ann
Action in Teacher Education, v36 n5-6 p559-570 2014
In this article, first the authors describe the aims of and a definition of social studies education and classroom assessment. Second, the authors provide an overview of issues related to classroom assessment followed by trends in social studies classrooms and assessment. Then the authors address essential systems and best practices related to classroom assessment, suggesting necessities for these practices to become widely accepted and implemented. The authors began our work with a thorough review of the extant literature on assessment in social studies classrooms, practices in classroom assessment, and research on assessment. As our analyses evolved, the authors found it necessary to move sideways into the literature as the empirical research in the field is sparse while the prescriptions for classroom assessment are plentiful; it is "the presence of an absence." The article provides an overview of the empirical research literature alongside the literature that addresses assessment practices within P-12 classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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