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Dynamic Assessment

A Vygotskian Approach to Understanding and Promoting L2 Development

Series: Educational Linguistics, Vol. 9

Poehner, Matthew E.

2008, XII, 202 p.

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  • Addresses how Vygotsky’s theory can be used as the basis for pedagogical innovations
  • Provides a much-needed coherent framework for classroom-based assessment
  • Offers a more solid integration of second language teaching and assessment
  • Represents a new context for the application of Dynamic Assessment
  • The first book-length treatment of Dynamic Assessment in the language classroom

Dynamic Assessment (DA) reconceptualizes classroom interactions by arguing that teaching and assessment should not be distinct undertakings but must be integrated as a single activity that seeks to understand learner abilities by actively supporting their ongoing development. DA is based in the Vygotskian notion of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which captures the uniquely human potential to exceed our present capabilities by working in cooperation with others whose dialogic interaction mediates us to higher levels of functioning. DA offers a framework for co-constructing a ZPD with learners in order to simultaneously reveal the full range of their abilities and promote development.

This book presents the first in-depth analysis of DA’s application to particular problems of L2 development. It includes detailed discussions of the core theoretical tenets as well as guidelines for implementing DA principles in L2 classrooms. The book will be of interest to language teacher educators, language testers, classroom practitioners, and students and researchers in the areas of SLA, language pedagogy, and assessment.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Language - SLA - Second Language - Sprachentwicklungsstörungen - Vygotskian theory - Vygotsky - development - education - language classroom - language development

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction - Linguistics - Psychology

Table of contents 

Part I Dynamic Assessment – Theory, Models, and Challenges.- 1 Introducing Dynamic Assessment. The Role of Assessement in Second Language Education. Contemporary Views on the Relevance of Assessment to Instruction.Assessment and Instruction from a Vygotskyan Perspective. Models of Dynamic Assessment.Dynamic Assessment and Resistance to Change. Conclusion and Overview of the book.- 2 The Origins of Dynamic Assessment: Sociocultural Theory and the Zone of Proximal Development.Introduction.Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory of Mind.Theory in Action: The Zone of Proximal Development. Post-Vygotskyan Interpretations of the ZPD. Conclusion.- 3 Models of Dynamic Assessment. Introduction.Interventionist DA.Interactionist DA: Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience.Applications of MLE in Educational Contexts. Conclusion.- 4 Issues in Dynamic Assessment. Introduction.Psychometric Criticisms.Mediating Learner Development.Learner Reciprocity. Conclusion. Part II Dynamic Assessment and Second Language Development.- 5 Toward a Model of L2 Dynamic Assessment.Introduction. Dynamic-like Assessments in a L2 Context.Interventionist L2 DA.Interactionist L2 DA. Ongoing L2 DA Work. Co-constructing a ZPD with L2 Learners.Principles of Classroom-based L2 Dynamic Assessment.Dynamic Assessment of Oral Communication Among Advanced Learners of L2 French.Conclusion.- 6 Understanding L2 Development Through Dynamic Assessment.Introduction. Revising Diagnoses of Learners’ Abilities. Learner Vebalization.Conclusion.- 7 Promoting L2 Development Through Dynamic Assessment. Introduction.Evidence of Development Over Time. Learner’s Emerging Autonomy. Misdiagnosis and Inappropriate Mediation. Conclusion.- 8 Profiling L2 Development Through Dynamic Assessment. Introduction. Gal’Perin’s Stages of Performance. Profiling Learner Development. Conclusion.- 9 Constructing A Future for L2 Dynamic Assessment. Introduction. Computerized Dynamic Assessment. Dynamic Assessment and Peer-to-PeerMediation. Dynamic Assessment and Cognitive Decline. Dynamic Assessment and Social Justice.- Notes.- References.- Index.

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