Negotiating the meaning of achievement standards in the Australian curriculum

Willis, Jill & Adie, Lenore E. (2013) Negotiating the meaning of achievement standards in the Australian curriculum. Curriculum Perspectives, 33(1), pp. 52-62.

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Planning for assessment using the achievement standards in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum presents a challenge for teachers. The achievement standards differ in appearance and function from current assessment practices. This research inquiry used qualitative focus group discussions to investigate how Year 6 teachers from three Queensland schools negotiated the meaning of the English and Mathematics achievement standards for their assessment practice. A sociocultural theoretical perspective was used to analyse the data. Three significant influences on the teachers’ understanding of the achievement standards were their understanding of the achievement standard text, their beliefs about learning and assessment, and the assessment culture of the school. The opportunity to learn through supported professional conversations with peers, and the need for a shared assessment discourse were identified as necessities to support teachers as they seek to implement the new practices inherent in the achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum.

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ID Code: 52627
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Assessment, Australian Curriculum, achievement standards, standards- referenced
ISSN: 0159-7868
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc.
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2012 00:16
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 04:30

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