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Making Formative Assessment Work

"Hall and Burke acknowledge that formative assessment is hard work. But they make clear that the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages! They neatly divide it into bite-sized chapters, with each building neatly on the one before - [this book] is easily accessible to the reader." BJET This book explains and exemplifies formative assessment in practice. Drawing on incidents and case studies from primary classrooms, it describes and analyses how teachers use formative assessment to promote learning. It argues the case for formative assessment with reference to sociocultural perspectives on learning and it examines this in the context of current assessment policy. Themes addressed in the various chapters include feedback, the power and roles of learners and teachers in formative assessment; self and peer assessment; and sharing success criteria with learners. Individual chapters explore formative assessment in: literacy, numeracy, art, science,and history. In addition there are two chapters on formative assessment in the early years. Making Formative Assessment Work provides teachers, student teachers, teacher educators and researchers with a sophisticated grasp of issues in formative assessment and how they relate to the improvement of pupil learning.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Learning and Assessment; Chapter 2: Formative Assessment and Official Policy: Issues and Challenges; Chapter 3: Formative assessment: What are teachers doing?; Chapter 4: Feedback, Power and the Roles of Teachers and Learners in Formative Assessment; Chapter 5: Helping Learners Understand How Their Work is Judged; Chapter 6: Formative Assessment and Literacy; Chapter 7: Formative Assessment and Numeracy; Chapter 8: Formative Assessment and Science; Chapter 9: Art and Design and Formative Assessment; Chapter 10:Formative Assessment and History; Chapter 11: Assessing What We Value:Learning Dispositions in the Early Years; Chapter 12: Playful Learning, Learning Stories and Making Assessment Visible in the Early Years; Chapter 13: Level Descriptions and Opportunities for Formative Assessment (with Austin Harding) Conclusion

About the Author

KATHY HALL was Professor of Education at Leeds Metropolitan University before moving to the Open University. She has published widely on assessment and has conducted several research projects on the topic, including an ESRC-funded study on teacher assessment. Listening to Stephen Read: Multiple Perspectives on Literacy (Open University Press, 2003) is her most recent publication. WINNIFRED BURKE is currently a freelance school inspector, teacher trainer and researcher. Following a long career in teaching and school management, she has recently completed doctoral research in the field of formative assessment for learning, and has published in the field of assessment and creative writing.

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