1st Edition

Designing Inclusive Assessment in Schools A Guide to Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Practice

    184 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written by teachers and teacher educators, this book presents practice-focused ideas and provocative questions to help teachers plan for inclusive curriculum and assessment within key learning areas in school education.

    Providing content on specific disciplines including geography, history, mathematics, science, English and the Arts, this book supports teachers with hands-on examples for creating inclusive assessment practices in schools. There are additional sections on interdisciplinary perspectives delivering practical strategies for assessing students who use English as an additional language, being inclusive in relation to gender and sexual diversity, using a variety of technologies to promote inclusivity and applying inclusive assessment in rural, regional and remote contexts. Each chapter is designed around problems encountered by teachers, practical responses and recommendations for practice. The authors address Australian Indigenous perspectives, gender and diversity, rural and remote school systems, and translanguaging for multicultural contexts.

    Engaging and easy to read, this book is essential reading for pre- and in-service teachers seeking to make an impactful contribution to inclusive education in their classrooms.


    1. Inclusive assessment in action

    Sarah Adams, Catherine Challen, James P. Davis and Theresa Bourke

    Part I – Disciplinary practices

    2. Unlocking history for all: Achieving inclusivity in the history classroom through Assessment for Learning (AfL)

    Deborah Henderson, Danielle Gordon and Mark Mather

    3. Designing inclusive Assessment for Learning in English Language Arts

    Julie Arnold and Michael Holden

    4. Daily Discourse: Empowering every student in mathematics through Assessment for Learning

    Catherine Challen and Sarah Strong

    5. Supporting children’s spatial understanding through technology: The importance of dialogical exchange analysed through inclusive research

    Francesca Granone and Glenn Knudsen

    6. A place for all: Inclusive practices in Arts assessment

    Tricia Clark-Fookes

    7. Learning and assessment in school science: Assistive technologies for diverse learners

    Nicholas K. Teh and James P. Davis

    8. Inclusive practice and geographical assessment: Practical tips to increase task accessibility

    Sarah Adams, Theresa Bourke, Reece Mills and Ashlee Drew

    Part II – Interdisciplinary practices

    9. Indigenous perspectives in assessment: Applying a place-based approach

    Danielle Armour, Antoinette Cole, Amy Thomson, Daniel Kiwa McKinnon, Ren Perkins and Marnee Shay

    10. Queer(y)ing primary assessment: Bodies, genders, and sexuality diversity

    Lisa van Leent and Michelle Jeffries

    11. Embracing translanguaging in designing inclusive assessments with learners of English as an additional language or dialect

    Ronan Kelly and Maria Stewart

    12. Spotlighting rural and remote inclusive assessment: Systemic perspectives from the field

    Sarah James and Tracey Sempowicz

    Part III – Future practice

    13. Inclusive classroom assessment and social justice

    Karen Dooley, Annette Woods and Martin Mills


    James P. Davis is an Associate Professor in STEM and Entrepreneurial Education, Academic Lead Engagement (Research) in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, as well as the Lead for the QUT STEM Education Research Group. James is also a former Program Leader for Engagement and Learning in the QUT Centre for Inclusive Education, and a current executive committee member of the Australia Teacher Education Association (ATEA).

    Sarah Adams is a Lecturer in Geography Education, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

    Catherine Challen is a Senior Lecturer in Maths Education, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

    Theresa Bourke is a Professor and Head of School at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is the current President of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA).