Assessment is central to teaching and learning, yet is one of the most difficult areas of professional practice. This book guides trainee secondary teachers through its complexities and provides practical strategies, exemplified by case studies. It examines issues such as diagnosing problems, sharing learning objectives, assessment as a tool for motivation, effective planning, using evidence to adapt teaching, peer and self assessment, learning through dialogue and understanding formative assessment. Targeted specifically at trainees, this text links explicitly to the new QTS Standards, and its tasks provide opportunities for reflection and for practising the range of skills involved in assessing pupils.
Theoretical approaches to learning and assessment
Developing assessment strategies
Using assessment in the classroom
Valuing the student role in assessment
Your future development
"The book covered, quite simply, all of the facts of assessments that trainee teachers need to know"- Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
Good addition for PGCE students to refer to as there is great confusion around AfL for students and how they can make it part of their teaching rather than an afterthought.
Miss Lorraine Smith
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
This text was part of the essential reading list I gave for a first year module called Curriculum Design on a BSc Education programme. As part of that module students consider issues around designing an appropriate curriculum and hence consideration of assessments is one key area. This text is written in a very student friendly way and hence was very good as a text for this particular module and level of students.