Testing Times: The Uses and Abuses of Assessment by Gordon StobartTesting Times: The Uses and Abuses of Assessment by Gordon Stobart

Testing Times: The Uses and Abuses of Assessment

byGordon StobartEditorGordon Stobart

Paperback | November 4, 2008

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Assessment dominates our lives but its good intentions often produce negative consequences. An example that is central to this book is how current forms of assessment encourage shallow 'for-the-test' learning. It is true to say that as the volume of assessment increases, confidence in what it represents is diminishing. This book seeks to reclaim assessment as a constructive activity which can encourage deeper learning. To do this the purpose, and fitness-for'purpose, of assessments have to be clear.

Gordon Stobart critically examines five issues that currently have high-profile status:

  • intelligence testing
  • learning skills
  • accountability
  • the 'diploma disease'
  • formative assessment

Stobart explains that these form the basis for the argument that we must generate assessments which, in turn, encourage deep and lifelong learning.

This book raises controversial questions about current uses of assessment and provides a framework for understanding them. It will be of great interest to teaching professionals involved in further study, and to academics and researchers in the field.

What do IQ and ability tests really tell us?Does testing used for accountability undermine learning?This book argues that assessment shapes how we see ourselves and how we learn. At a time when people are labelled in terms of their ability, learning styles or achievement, the book takes a hard look at the rationale of these labels. It ...
Title:Testing Times: The Uses and Abuses of AssessmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:November 4, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415404754

ISBN - 13:9780415404754

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Table of Contents

1. Assessing Assessment  2. Intelligence Testing: how to create a monster  3. The resistance movement: multiple and emotional intelligences  4. The lure of learning styles  5. The diploma disease - still contagious after all these years  6. The long shadow of accountability  7. Reasons to be cheerful: assessment for learning  8. Reclaiming assessment: becoming responsible for who we are