ERIC Number: EJ1040854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Navigating Dilemmas in Transforming Assessment Practices: Experiences of Mathematics Teachers in Ontario, Canada
Suurtamm, Christine; Koch, Martha J.
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v26 n3 p263-287 Aug 2014
Current thinking encourages teachers to incorporate a range of assessment practices that are responsive to student thinking and promote student learning. At the same time, teachers are situated in a landscape of accountability, where they are often seen as technicians who implement prescribed curriculum, policies, and procedures with success measured by externally created assessments. This paper considers how teachers navigate this difficult terrain as they incorporate new assessment practices in their classrooms. We report on a two-year project undertaken with 42 teachers of mathematics (Grades 4-12) in Ontario, Canada. Using an analytic framework adapted from Windschitl ("Review of Educational Research," 72(2), 131-175.2002), we explore the dilemmas these teachers identified as they met in communities of practice. Our findings highlight the need for coherence in the assessment messages communicated to teachers and provide evidence of the critical role of ongoing collaboration and dialogue to support the development of teachers' professional judgement and enable change in their assessment practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Student Evaluation, Communities of Practice, Problems, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Identifiers - Location: Canada