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ERIC Number: EJ939414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Teachers' Concerns on School-Based Assessment of Practical Work
Yip, Din Yan; Cheung, Derek
Journal of Biological Education, v39 n4 p156-162 2005
The Teacher Assessment Scheme (TAS) is a form of school-based assessment that has recently replaced the external practical examination in AL Biology of Hong Kong. This study aimed at understanding the problems encountered by teachers in implementing this innovation. Over 300 teachers expressed their concern about different aspects of the TAS in a questionnaire of 25 items and two open-ended questions. The responses showed that the teachers were deeply concerned about the lack of resource materials and training, as well as the heavy workload involved in designing and assessing practical activities for their students. Other key concerns included the impact of the scheme on student learning, the fairness of school-based assessment, and the need for a critical review on the implementation of the scheme. However, the teachers had a relatively low level of concern on their role in revising or improving the scheme. This paper also considers whether the levels of concern in different areas might change as the teachers gain experience in TAS. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong