From Testing to Productive Student Learning: Implementing Formative Assessment in Confucian-Heritage Settings, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

From Testing to Productive Student Learning

Implementing Formative Assessment in Confucian-Heritage Settings, 1st Edition

By David Carless


264 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Research evidence indicates that formative assessment is one of the most effective ways of enhancing student learning. It is, however, difficult to implement successfully, principally because what is tested through summative assessment has such a powerful influence on teacher and student actions. This book scrutinizes the relationship between testing and learning from alternative perspectives to the dominant literature from the major Anglophone countries. It develops the notion of contextually grounded formative assessment practices by analyzing data from schools in the Confucian-heritage setting of Hong Kong. It explores questions such as:

• Under what circumstances do tests support or hinder student learning?

• How can teachers effectively prepare students for tests and appropriately follow up after tests?

• What are the key socio-cultural influences impacting on testing and student learning in the classroom?

• How do teachers change in their orientation towards assessment and what support do they require?

This text is a valuable resource for education students, professionals and researchers, policy-makers and curriculum developers.


"This book is well organized and clear so a reader can follow right along – and wants to do so."Teachers College Record

"Taken as a whole, the book helps researchers and those working with teachers to work realistically and pragmatically in the socio-cultural contexts they are subjected to but also help to shape. It also illuminates the need to encourage teachers to ask critical questions about the nature of learning and engagement that formative and summative assessment encourages, and discourages, and the forms of skill and knowledge that assessment opens access to or denies." Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice

Table of Contents

1. Potentials and Pitfalls in Assessment 2. Summative and Formative Assessment: Building Productive Relationships 3. Testing and Assessment: Selection, Learning and Social Control 4. Education and Assessment in Hong Kong 5. ‘Restricted’ and ‘Extended’ Formative Assessment: Towards Contextually Grounded Models 6. Test Follow-Up as a Formative Assessment Strategy 7. Peer Learning and Assessment 8. Teacher Change and Formative Assessment 9. Conclusions and Implications: Ways Forward for Formative Assessment Appendices

About the Author

David Carless is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong.

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Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement