Transforming Formative Assessment in Lifelong Learning by Kathryn EcclestoneTransforming Formative Assessment in Lifelong Learning by Kathryn Ecclestone

Transforming Formative Assessment in Lifelong Learning

byKathryn Ecclestone

Paperback | October 16, 2010

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Despite good intentions for formative assessment to enhance the quality of students' learning and motivation, it is widely misunderstood. Throughout the education system, it has become little more than a way of coaching students to meet the demands of summative assessment.

This unique book combines theory, research and practical insights to demonstrate how teachers might enhance their understanding of formative assessment, particularly in vocational and adult education settings that are under pressure to meet targets for inclusion, retention and achievement.

Drawing on recent research, the book includes six case studies that draw out the implications of the research findings to suggest ways in which teachers might change their assessment practice, despite the pressures in their own contexts.

It considers:

  • What is formative assessment, and what is it not?
  • What impact do political and social factors have on assessment practices?
  • Why do similar assessment practices have different effects in different 'learning cultures'?
  • What role does subject knowledge play in educationally-worthwhile formative assessment?
  • How can teachers, lecturers and other education professionals improve formative assessment?

    This book is essential reading for teachers, trainee teachers, staff development officers, researchers and those running training courses throughout the lifelong learning sector. It is ideal for those studying for PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS qualifications and for Cert Ed and PGCE awards related to the Lifelong Learning Sector. It is also relevant to various stakeholders involved in the design of qualifications, including awarding bodies, and to researchers interested in assessment and the impact of education policy on practice in all sectors of the education system, and particularly in lifelong learning.

    The book is authored with Jennie Davies, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK; Jay Derrick, Adult Education Consultant/Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Education, London, UK; and Judith Gawn, Regional Programme Director (LLN), NIACE London, UK.

Kathryn Ecclestone is Professor of Education and Social Inclusion at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Title:Transforming Formative Assessment in Lifelong LearningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.06 × 6.02 × 0.59 inPublished:October 16, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335236545

ISBN - 13:9780335236541

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Table of Contents


Section One
All Change: Pedagogy And Assessment In Lifelong Learning
What Formative Assessment Is, And What It Is Not
Learning And Assessment Cultures In Lifelong Learning

Section Two
Questioning And Embedded In Teaching: Resisting Instrumentalism In AVCE Science
Coaching To The Grade In 14-19 Vocational Education
Assessing Young People In e2e Programmes
Self-Assessment And Feedback In BTEC National Diploma Public Services
Reviews Of Progress And Individual Learning Plans In Adult Literacy And Numeracy Classes
Self And Peer Assessment In Part-Time ESOL Classes

Section Three
Changing Teachers' Assessment Practices: The Prognosis For Professional Development
Transforming Formative Assessment