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Enhancing Learning through Formative Assessment and Feedback

1st Edition

By Alastair Irons


162 pages

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This book is based on the argument that detailed and developmental formative feedback is the single most useful thing teachers can do for students. It helps to clarify the expectations of higher education and assist all students to achieve their potential.

This book promotes student learning through formative assessment and feedback, which:

  • enables self-assessment and reflection in learning
  • encourages teacher-student dialogue
  • helps clarify what is good performance
  • provides students with quality information to help improve their learning
  • encourages motivation and self-confidence in students
  • aids the teacher in shaping teaching

Underpinned by the relevant theory, the practical advice and examples in this book directly address the issues of how to motivate students to engage in formative assessment effectively and shows teachers how they can provide further useful formative feedback.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Student Learning Environment 3. Principles of Formative Assessment and Feedback 4. Using Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback in Learning and Teaching 5. Formative Feedback and Reflective Learning 6. Types of Formative Assessment and Feedback 7. Making Use of ICTs for Formative Feedback 8. Benefits of Formative Feedback for Academic Staff 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Alastair Irons is Associate Dean in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at Northumbria University.

About the Series

Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education

This indispensable series is aimed at new lecturers, postgraduate students who have teaching time, Graduate Teaching Assistants, part-time tutors and demonstrators, as well as experienced teaching staff who may feel it’s time to review their skills in teaching and learning.

Titles in this series will provide the teacher in higher education with practical, realistic guidance on the various different aspects of their teaching role, which is underpinned not only by current research in the field, but also by the extensive experience of individual authors, and with a keen eye kept on the limitations and opportunities therein. By bridging a gap between academic theory and practice, all titles will provide generic guidance on the topics covered, which is then brought to life through the use of short, illustrative examples drawn from a range of disciplines. All titles in the series will:

  • represent up-to-date thinking and incorporate the use of computing and appropriate learning technology
  • consider methods and approaches for teaching and learning when there is an increasing diversity in learning and a growth in student numbers
  • encourage readers to reflect, critique and apply learning in their practice and professional context
  • provide links and references to other work on the topic and research evidence where appropriate.

Titles in the series will prove invaluable whether they are used for self-study, as reference material when seeking teaching recognition or as part of a formal taught programme on teaching and learning in higher education (HE), and will also be of relevance to teaching staff working in further education (FE) settings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation