There has been much debate on the purposes and methods of assessment over the last couple of years. This book gathers together the latest thinking and looks at how assessment can be used to promote or inhibit learning. Unlike other books on the market, this one summarizes theory and shows how it can be best put into practice, using as little jargon as possible.
Some of the issues discussed in this text include:
* how assessment can erode self-esteem and motivation
* how skills of reflection, self-evaluation and personal target setting can impact on learning
* how far learners of all ages understand what they are required to learn
* how far students are able to evaluate their own performance and what schools can do in the short, medium and long-term to promote more effective learning.
Part of the What's In It For Schools series, this book is ideal for teachers and other non-academics concerned with education who require a grounding in the issue to help them in their daily work.
'There is much realistic and encouraging advice here.' - Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement
'I am sure that those who read this book will be encouraged to think again about assessment and bring to their reading of the book their own experiences to develop the examples it contains.' - Stephen Newman, Journal of Education for Teaching
'As has become a trademark for the 'What's in it for schools' series, this book provides a comprehensive yet succinct overview of assessment issues in and for schools To ensure that the book is practical and useful, the authors have taken pains to present complex information in a friendly and varied way, using graphs and tables, cartoons, lots of sub-headings, extracts from teachers and students' comments, lists of key quotations and suggested activities at the end of each chapter. The book should be of particular interest to both practicing primary teachers and those in training, as well as head teachers working to generate a strong culture of formative and pupil self-assessment in their schools.' - Educational Review