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Assessment for learning : a sociocultural approach

Willis, Jill (2009) Assessment for learning : a sociocultural approach. In Jeffery , Peter (Ed.) Proceedings of : Changing climates : Education for sustainable futures, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Australia, Queensland, Kelvin Grove .

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Abstract

Assessment for Learning (AfL) is a title given to classroom evaluative practices that share the purpose of diagnosing and informing teachers and students about learning progress, during the learning process. These practices also have the potential to develop learner autonomy by increasing student motivation and mastery through developing the learner's capacity to monitor and plan his or her own learning progress. Yet teacher adoption of the practices is not a straightforward implementation of techniques within an existing classroom repertoire. Recent research highlights a more complex interrelationship between teacher and student beliefs, identities, and traditions of power within assessment and learning in classroom contexts. These often hidden relationships can add layers of complexity for teachers implementing assessment change, and may act as barriers that frustrate efforts to realise the AfL goal of learner autonomy. By interpreting AfL practices from a sociocultural perspective, the social and cultural contexts that influence classroom assessment can be better understood. In turn teachers can thus be better supported in adopting AfL practices within the complexities of the social, cultural and policy contexts of schooling.

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ID Code: 29323
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Assessment , Learning , AfL, Teacher adoption
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Jill Willis
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Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 11:42
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:02

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