The enactment of formative assessment in English language classrooms in two Chinese universities : teacher and student responses

Chen, Qiuxian, May, Lynette A., Klenowski, Valentina, & Kettle, Margaret A. (2014) The enactment of formative assessment in English language classrooms in two Chinese universities : teacher and student responses. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 21(3), pp. 271-285.

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Abstract

The College English Curriculum Requirements (CECR), announced by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2007, recommended the inclusion of formative assessment into the existing summative assessment framework of College English. This policy had the potential to fundamentally change the nature of assessment and its role in the teaching and learning of English in Chinese universities. In order to document and analyse these changes, case studies involving English language teachers and learners were undertaken in two Chinese Universities: one a Key university in the national capital; the other a non-Key university in a western province. The case study design incorporated classroom observations and interviews with English language teachers and their students. The type and focus of feedback and the engagement of students in assessment were analysed in the two contexts. Fundamental to the analysis was the concept of enactment, with the focus of this study on the ways that policy ideas and principles were enacted in the practices of the Chinese university classroom. Understandings of formative assessment as applied in contexts other than the predominantly Western, Anglophone contexts from where many of its principles derive, are offered.

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ID Code: 59057
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: formative assessment, English language learning, enactment, Chinese context, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/0969594X.2013.790308
ISSN: 0969-594X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
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 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2013 00:03
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 12:23

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