Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom

By Sandra Johnson

© 2012 – Routledge

158 pages

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About the Book

Why is assessment so important in the teaching-learning process?

How should we assess pupils in the primary classroom?

Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom is an accessible introduction to the concepts critical to a professional understanding of this vital aspect of a teacher’s role. It comprehensively considers the principles underpinning effective assessment, the different forms it can take and the different purposes it serves, both within and beyond the classroom.

Linking the latest research and theory with examples of assessment in the classroom, it considers key issues such as:

  • Why we assess
  • How we assess
  • How we ensure quality in assessment: validity and reliability
  • Assessment internal and external to the school
  • Statutory assessment throughout the primary school
  • Local, national and international assessment
  • Using assessment results in pupil, teacher, school and system evaluation

Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom is for all students undertaking their PGCE, those working at masters level, and experienced teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of both the value and pitfalls of educational assessment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Accessing and using evidence of learning 3. The building blocks of assessment 4. Creating, using and interpreting tests 5. Assessing quality in assessment 6. Statutory assessment 7. System evaluation 8. Using assessment results in evaluation

About the Author

Sandra Johnson is an independent assessment consultant, providing technical support in educational assessment through her company Assessment Europe. She has published widely in educational assessment and evaluation, and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, a member of the Editorial Boards of Assessment in Education and Educational and Psychological Measurement, and a Fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe.

About the Series

Understanding Primary Education Series

The Understanding Primary Education Series offers a fresh approach to the key topics in primary education, combining compelling practical writing with rigorous theoretical and evidence-based argument. Breaking new ground in both established topics and essential topics which have been less well covered previously, the series emphasises the importance of research evidence, theory and reflection on practice in primary education. The series will be invaluable reading for all those engaged with initial teacher education and professional development who want authoritative accounts of issues central to working in the primary classroom.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU010000
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDU030000
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement