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Formative Assessments and Teacher Professional Learning

Edited By Dineke Tigelaar, Douwe Beijaard Copyright 2016
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

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    How can formative assessment be used as a means to support teacher professional learning? This book presents several studies, from different countries, on approaches to formative assessment of teachers, both before they start working, and during their careers. These approaches draw on insights from studies into effective teacher professional development.

    Together, the chapters in this book provide an overview of the various ways in which formative assessment may be used to support teacher professional learning, and shed light on choices that can be made in designing such assessments. The studies illustrate how teachers may perceive formative assessment methods, how their learning processes might unfold during formative assessment processes, and which struggles they may have to deal with during the process. The book furthermore addresses questions concerning the impact of formative assessments on teacher learning.

    As such, this volume provides theoretical as well as practical prospects, as well as challenging ideas for how formative assessment may move further towards being an effective means for supporting teacher learning. This book was originally published as a special issue of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.

    Introduction: Formative assessment and teacher professional learning Dineke E.H. Tigelaar and Douwe Beijaard

    1. Teachers’ use of a self-assessment procedure: the role of criteria, standards, feedback and reflection Migchiel van Diggelen, Perry den Brok and Douwe Biejaard

    2. Heuristics diagrams as a tool to formatively assess teachers’ research J.A. Chamizo and A. García-Franco

    3. A teacher competence development programme for supporting students’ reflection skills Agaath M. Dekker-Groen, Marieke F. van der Schaaf and Karel M. Stokking

    4. Teacher learning through participation in a negotiated assessment procedure Christel P.M. Verberg, Dineke E.H. Tigelaar and Nico Verloop

    5. What do we know and where do we go? Formative assessment in developing student teachers’ professional learning of teaching science Pernilla Nilsson

    6. Collaborative action research as a tool for generating formative feedback on teachers’ classroom assessment practice: the KREST project Christine Harrison

    7. Formative assessment of teachers in the context of an online learning environment Luís Tinoca and Isolina Oliveira

    8. Formative assessment of teacher learning: issues about quality, design characteristics and impact on teacher learning Kari Smith


    Dineke Tigelaar is an Assistant Professor and teacher educator at ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, The Netherlands. Her major research interests and publications pertain to teacher assessment and teachers’ professional development.

    Douwe Beijaard is a Professor of Professional Learning at the Eindhoven School of Education of the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research interests and publications pertain to the professional identity, development, and assessment of teachers.