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Description - Transforming Formative Assessment in Lifelong Learning by Kathryn Ecclestone

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335236541
ISBN-10: 0335236545
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 150mm x 10mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kathryn Ecclestone

Kathryn Ecclestone is Professor of Education and Social Inclusion at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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