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ERIC Number: EJ745460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Linking Formative Assessment to Scaffolding
Shepard, Lorrie A.
Educational Leadership, v63 n3 p66-70 Nov 2005
Formative assessment and instructional scaffolding are essentially the same thing. Formative assessment uses insights about a learner's current understandings to alter the course of instruction and thus support the development of greater competence. Scaffolding refers to supports that teachers provide the learner during problem solving--in the form of reminders, hints, and encouragement--to ensure successful completion of a task. Four strategies illustrate the strong connection between formative assessment and research on learning: eliciting prior knowledge, providing effective feedback, teaching for transfer of knowledge, and encouraging student self-assessment.
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Language: English
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