Educational Assessment in the 21st Century

Connecting Theory and Practice

Editors: Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Cumming, Joy (Eds.)

  • A host of internationally recognized authors explore the latest ideas on the future of assessment
  • Provides readers with a range of theoretical and methodological viewpoints
  • Includes an explanation of the authors’ frameworks to enhance both knowledge of different theories and understanding of viewpoints
  • Up-to-date and forward-thinking, reflecting newly emerging educational priorities
  • Practical and applicable to teaching practice
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Even in the white heat of the ever-present education debate, assessment is one of the hottest and most contested topics. While teachers develop practical methodologies such as Assessment for Learning, that aim to bring positive benefits to learners, governments and policy-makers strengthen the role of externally mandated assessment for accountability purposes.

With the field of assessment a key focus for research the world over, the traditional issues of the topic, such as validity and reliability, have been joined by a host of other issues all pressing for attention. These include: the value of testing for international benchmarking and public reporting; taking account of cultural and social diversity; new modes of testing and assessment; technological innovation; the issue of what counts as authentic assessment; and inclusion and disability issues in assessment.

In their preface, the editors argue that in a post-modern world changes in the nature of work, globalization, the information revolution and today’s social challenges will all impact on educational priorities, and thus will require new modes of assessment. As our faith in the sciences to solve our problems erodes, we also recognize that the educational assessment cannot be an exact science either; that the involvement of human beings in every aspect of its design, execution and use makes it irrevocably a social project and thus subject to all the vagaries that any kind of human activity implies. This has led to the beginnings of a more humanistic approach to assessment.

As this book makes clear, the challenge for assessment in the 21st century will be to reflect these newly emerging educational priorities. Assessment procedures will be needed that support the next generation in acquiring the skills and values they will need to manage emerging global challenges, skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to manage one’s own learning. The contributors here offer hope, suggesting that after more than a century of modernist-inspired educational assessment practices inimical to the issues of utility, fairness, flexibility and relevance, we may well be standing at the threshold of significant change.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Framing Assessment Today for the Future: Issues and Challenges

    Cumming, J. Joy (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Assessment in the Perspective of a Social Semiotic Theory of Multimodal Teaching and Learning

    Kress, Gunther

    Pages 19-41

  • Transforming K–12 Assessment: Integrating Accountability Testing, Formative Assessment and Professional Support

    Bennett, Randy Elliot (et al.)

    Pages 43-61

  • Assessment Issues and New Technologies: ePortfolio Possibilities

    Finger, Glenn (et al.)

    Pages 63-81

  • Towards Theorising Assessment as Critical Inquiry

    Wyatt-Smith, Claire (et al.)

    Pages 83-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Educational Assessment in the 21st Century
Book Subtitle
Connecting Theory and Practice
Editors
  • Claire Wyatt-Smith
  • Joy Cumming
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9964-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9964-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9963-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8231-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 310
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