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Balancing Dilemmas in Assessment and Learning in Contemporary Education

Edited By Anton Havnes, Liz McDowell Copyright 2008
    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book focuses on dilemmas inherent in the practice of assessment in the contemporary context. New forms of assessment are being introduced in all sectors of education and training, and the culture of assessment is shifting. The authors in this volume discuss the practice of assessment, reporting empirical research on modes of assessment within a variety of educational contexts, while also addressing conceptual and theoretical aspects of assessment. Though most publications on assessment do not go beyond one sector or phase of education and only consider assessment in one national context, this volume is cross-sectoral and international in scope. This groundbreaking book illustrates the conceptual and practical dilemmas of assessment and raises issues that are relevant and applicable across a variety of modes of assessment and across various contexts where assessment takes place.

    Section 1: Introduction

    Chapter 1

    Anton Havnes and Liz McDowell: Assessment dilemmas in contemporary learning cultures.

    Chapter 2

    Olga Dysthe: The challenges of assessment in a new learning culture.

    Section 2 Connecting education and society through assessment

    Chapter 3

    Sandra Murphy: Some consequences of writing assessment.

    Chapter 4

    Froydis Hertzberg:

    Chapter 5

    Lars Lindström: Novice or expert? Conceptions of competence in learning and practicing as a craft worker.

    Chapter 6

    Judith Gulikers, Theo J. Bastiaens, Paul A. Kirschner: Perceptions of authentic assessment: dimensions of authenticity.

    Chapter 7

    Nancy Falchikov and David Boud: The role of assessment in preparing for lifelong learning: problems and challenges.

    Chapter 8

    Anton Havnes: Connecting education and work through assessment

    Section 3 Assessment as institutional practice

    Chapter 9

    Olga Dysthe, Knut Steinar Engelsen, Tjalve Madsen, Line Wittek: Explicit criteria in portfolio assessment from student perspectives: a theory-based discussion

    Chapter 10

    Susan Orr: Real or imagined? The shift from norm-referencing to criterion-referencing

    Chapter 11

    Olga Gioka: Examining science teachers formative assessment practices

    Chapter 12

    Per Lauvås: Changing assessment practices in Norwegian higher education – from where to where?

    Chapter 13

    Marieke H. S. B. Smits, Dominique M A Sluijsman, Wim M G Jochems: Perceptions of performance assessment in nurse education: meaningful for students and teachers?

    Chapter 14

    Kari Smith and Harm Tillema: The challenges of assessing portfolios – in search of criteria.

    Chapter 15

    Steinar Kvale: Contrasting contexts: assessment at work and in school

    Section 4 Assessment as action

    Chapter 16

    Patricia Broadfoot: Assessing literacy and the language of learning.

    Chapter 17

    Kelvin Tan: Contrasting views of student self assessment

    Chapter 18

    Liz McDowell: Students’ experiences of academic assignments: implications for assessment practice and formative assessment.

    Chapter 19

    Janice Orrell: Assessment beyond belief: the cognitive process of grading.

    Section 5 Epilogue





    Anton Havnes is an educational developer and Associate Professor at Centre for Educational Research and Development at Oslo University College. His main areas of research are learning in higher education and the workplace, as well as assessment in higher education.

    Liz McDowell is an educational researcher, developer and teacher at Northumbria University, UK, a National Teaching Fellow and Director of a national Centre for Excellence in Assessment for Learning. Her research interests are in assessment and student experiences of learning. She has thirty publications on these topics over the past ten years.