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Pat-El, Ron Jonathan; Tillema, Harm; Segers, Mien; Vedder, Paul – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
Assessment for Learning (AfL), as a way to promote learning, requires a "match" or a shared focus between student and teacher to be effective. But students and teachers may differ in their perceptions of the purpose and process of classroom assessment meant to promote learning. Perceptions regarding AfL practices in their classroom were…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Learning, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Cowie, Bronwen; Moreland, Judy – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
Studies of disciplinary work have converged with studies of classrooms to highlight the social and cultural nature of disciplinary knowledge and practices, and of classroom learning and assessment. For students to become discerning and autonomous/authoring learners, classroom assessment needs to ensure students experience what it means to exercise…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines, Student Participation, Formative Evaluation
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Jin, Yan; Hamp-Lyons, Liz – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
It is increasingly recognised that attention should be paid to investigating the needs of a new test, especially in contexts where specific purpose language needs might be identified. This article describes the stages involved in establishing the need for a new assessment of English for professional purposes in China. We first investigated…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Stakeholders, Attitude Measures
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Maddox, Bryan – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
Informed by Goffman's influential essay on "The neglected situation" this paper examines the contextual and interactive dimensions of performance in large-scale educational assessments. The paper applies Goffman's participation framework and associated theory in linguistic anthropology to examine how testing situations are framed and…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Performance, Testing, Ethnography
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Jølle, Lennart – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
Novice members of a Norwegian national rater panel tasked with assessing Year 8 pupils' written texts were studied during three successive preparation sessions (2011-2012). The purpose was to investigate how the raters successfully make use of different decision-making strategies in an assessment situation where pre-set criteria and standards give…
Descriptors: Interrater Reliability, Writing Evaluation, Decision Making, Novices
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McMahon, Suzanne; Jones, Ian – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
We report one teacher's response to a top-down shift from external examinations to internal teacher assessment for summative purposes in the Republic of Ireland. The teacher adopted a comparative judgement approach to the assessment of secondary students' understanding of a chemistry experiment. The aims of the research were to investigate whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Summative Evaluation
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Klapp, Alli – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
The purpose of the study was to investigate how grading in primary school affected students' achievement measured by grades in 7th, 8th and 9th Grade and educational attainment in upper secondary school (12th Grade), and how the effect varied as a function of students' cognitive ability, gender and socio-economic status. The data derived from the…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Longitudinal Studies, Grading, Elementary School Students
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Herman, Joan; Osmundson, Ellen; Dai, Yunyun; Ringstaff, Cathy; Timms, Michael – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2015
This exploratory study of elementary school science examines questions central to policy, practice and research on formative assessment: What is the quality of teachers' content-pedagogical and assessment knowledge? What is the relationship between teacher knowledge and assessment practice? What is the relationship between teacher knowledge,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Elementary School Science, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Zapata-Rivera, Juan Diego; Katz, Irvin R. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
Score reports have one or more intended audiences: the people who use the reports to make decisions about test takers, including teachers, administrators, parents and test takers. Attention to audience when designing a score report supports assessment validity by increasing the likelihood that score users will interpret and use assessment results…
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Scores, Reports, Test Interpretation
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Dann, Ruth – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
This paper explores assessment and learning in a way that blurs their boundaries. The notion of assessment "as" learning (AaL) is offered as an aspect of formative assessment (assessment for learning). It considers how pupils self-regulate their own learning, and in so doing make complex decisions about how they use feedback and engage…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Learning
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Young, James E. J.; Jackman, Mary Grace-Anne – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions, attitudes and frequency of use of formative assessment strategies of teachers in the Grenadian lower secondary school (Forms 1, 2 and 3). The study, which was quantitative in nature, involved 252 lower secondary school teachers. Overall the participants had positive perceptions and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Secondary School Teachers
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Marlow, Ruth; Norwich, Brahm; Ukoumunne, Obioha C.; Hansford, Lorraine; Sharkey, Siobhan; Ford, Tamsin – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) arose from a government drive to increase the amount of teacher-based assessment within school and to make this consistent across schools. We conducted semi-structured interviews with head teachers to gain insight into how their schools applied APP and we compared the APP levels for English and Maths, provided by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Literacy, Numeracy
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Yan, Zi; Coniam, David – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
The current study aims to investigate the effects of three key demographic factors -- the language of marking, gender and age -- on markers' reactions to onscreen marking (OSM). A total of 1743 markers completed a post-marking questionnaire consisting of two previously validated scales, i.e. "Ease of Use in the OSM Environment" and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Demography, Gender Differences, Age Differences
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Panadero, Ernesto; Brown, Gavin; Courtney, Matthew – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
The study aimed to explore teachers' beliefs about student self-assessment (SSA) and the reasons for their use of it in their classrooms. A representative sample of 944 Spanish teachers (38.8% primary school sector, 54.0% secondary school sector and 7.2% university or adult education sector) were surveyed about SSA. Data were analysed using…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Teacher Surveys, Elementary School Teachers
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Michaelides, Michalis P. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
Student examinees are key stakeholders in large-scale, high-stakes, public examination systems. How they perceive the purpose, comprehend the technical characteristics of testing and how they interpret scores influence their response to the system demands and their preparation for the examinations; this information relates to intended and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Competency Tests, High Stakes Tests, Student Attitudes
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