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Assessment By Chris Atherton

Assessment by Chris Atherton

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Assessment by Chris Atherton

This book provides a critical overview of assessment, taking an evidence-based approach, with balanced and reflective consideration given to arguments around various approaches to assessment in schools. It offers practical advice on how to implement such evidence-based models and helps with reflectively evaluating their success.

Evidence-based teaching is fast becoming a new orthodoxy. There are many strong voices, including policy voices, advocating its adoption. Understanding the underlying principles allows you to better evaluate the benefits of different approaches to evidence based teaching and how they relate to your own school context.

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At its heart, this book presents a resolute and modelled commitment to criticality as being central to any professional development and progress in practice.

The depth and breadth of discussion is impressive, if possibly over-focused on finding an ideology at the expense of linking consistently with the ways in which teachers might create their own evidence-based interactions with the ideas discussed. The discussion of the tensions between what teachers construct as 'right' and the frameworks which they are given to work within is woven throughout this concisely comprehensive discussion, with suggested approaches to negotiating this through reading-informed reflection. The exploration of the 'what' and 'how' of key issues in the assessment field are handled with deft referencing and commentary, though there could be more of a focus on why these ideas are postulated and the impact that is intended for learners. That said, the book works hard to bridge the gap between teachers as practitioners and teachers as researchers, making a considered case that excellent practice requires teachers to be both.

The strongest and potentially most provocative moments in this book come when the relationship between theory, practice and (vitally) impact on pupils is made direct: the summaries of and signposts to further reading would support any teacher to take their thinking in this direction.

-- Alys Finch

About Chris Atherton

Chris Atherton is an English teacher, Linguist, Head of Department and Research Lead at Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College in the North West of England. His geeky academic interests are cultural evolution, linguistics and cognitive science. In his spare time he enjoys open water swimming, cooking and building pizza ovens.

Val Poultney is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby. She teaches on initial teacher education and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests include school leadership and school governance with a particular focus on how to develop leadership to support teachers as researchers.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Mapping the Area
  3. Assessment and Memory
  4. Assessment and Feedback
  5. Assessment and Curriculum Design
  6. Assessment and Metacognition
  7. Assessment and Peer Learning
  8. How has Assessment been most successfully implemented?
  9. Planning for Implementation
  10. Conclusion

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Assessment by Chris Atherton
Critical Publishing Ltd
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