NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ764049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0958-5176
'But Now I Feel I Want to Give It a Try': Formative Assessment, Self-Esteem and a Sense of Competence
Miller, David; Lavin, Fiona
Curriculum Journal, v18 n1 p3-25 Mar 2007
It is accepted that formative assessment can lead to gains in attainment. Although claims have also been made that these techniques bring benefits in terms of self-esteem and motivation, the evidence here is limited. This article reports an exploratory study which focused on formative assessment techniques and primary children's views of themselves as individuals and learners; 370 upper-primary school children (aged 10-12 years) and sixteen teachers participated in the study. The teachers employed a range of formative assessment techniques in the course of their day-to-day teaching. Employing triangulation of data and methodology, information was gathered via standardized questionnaires, individual interviews and group discussions. There was a degree of consistency in the findings from different sources, indicating improvements in children's self-perceptions in several areas. Gains were seen in self-esteem and in beliefs about competence. Differences were found in relation to gender, ability groups and in those who lacked confidence in their ability. The data suggest that the benefits in terms of self-perception may not be seen in the short term, but are more likely to be evidenced after a longer period of employing formative assessment. Information from small-group discussions with children and interviews conducted with class teachers provided further insights as to the processes at work. (Contains 5 tables.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale