ERIC Number: EJ1131061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
From the Teacher's Eyes: Facilitating Teachers Noticings on Informal Formative Assessments (IFAS) and Exploring the Challenges to Effective Implementation
Sezen-Barrie, Asli; Kelly, Gregory J.
International Journal of Science Education, v39 n2 p181-212 2017
This study focuses on teachers' use of informal formative assessments (IFAs) aimed at improving students' learning and teachers' recognition of students' learning processes. The study was designed as an explorative case study of four middle school teachers and their students at a charter school in the northeastern U.S.A. The data collected for the study included a history of teaching questionnaire, video records of the teachers' IFA practices, ethnographic interviews with teachers, and field notes from classroom observations. These data were analysed from a sociolinguistic perspective focusing on the ways that classroom discourse and reflective interview conversations constructed ways of viewing assessment. The findings from the analysis of the classroom discourse showed that teachers use three different types of IFA cycles, labelled as connected, non-connected, and repeating. Teachers' reflections on video cases show that teachers can learn to view in-the-moment interactions in new ways that can guide IFAs. We concluded that teachers' perspectives on the effectiveness of IFAs are an important, but often neglected, part of building a robust, interactive classroom assessment portfolio.
Descriptors: Informal Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Case Studies, Evaluation Utilization, Charter Schools, Questionnaires, Interviews, Observation, Evaluation Methods, Science Teachers, Video Technology, Classroom Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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