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ERIC Number: EJ859265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
When the Teacher Is the Test Proctor
Childs, Ruth A.; Umezawa, Linda
Canadian Journal of Education, v32 n3 p618-651 2009
This study investigates what grade-3 teachers say they would do if faced with common test administration dilemmas--and why. Grade-3 teachers with experience administering Ontario's provincially mandated assessment were recruited through professional association newsletters and Toronto-area newspapers. They responded to an on-line questionnaire (n = 98) or an hour-long interview (n = 40). Many teachers predicted that they would not follow the test administration instructions. Their rationales included (a) supporting the students to do their best work, (b) ensuring a positive testing experience for the students, and (c) maintaining their pedagogical routines and their relationships with the students. The findings highlight the ethical dilemmas teachers may experience when proctoring tests. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada