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Understanding Assessment in Primary Education

by Sue Faragher SAGE Publications Ltd
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Understanding assessment and being able to use it effectively is at the heart of successful primary teaching. Aware of current policy and research, this book looks at the role and purpose of assessment within education, as well as providing detailed practical guidance on the main types of classroom assessment, including formative, summative, formal and informal methods. Real classroom examples and activities illustrate the practical uses, benefits, and limitations of each form of assessment, enabling you to feel confident about implementing these strategies in your own teaching. Coverage includes: The assessment planning cycle Innovative forms of assessment, including portfolios, debates, role play and mind mapping Assessment of learners with diverse needs, including SEN and EAL The use of technology in assessment Engaging children through self-assessment and peer-assessment
This is essential reading for all primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, Bed), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching, and beginning teachers.

Introduction to Assessment
Assessment within National and International Contexts
Assessing the progress of pupils
Learning Through Assessment
Self Assessment/Peer Assessment
Using Observations
Using Mind Mapping
Using Questioning and Debates
Reports, Role Play, Posters and Portfolios
The Use of ICT in assessment
Assessing pupils with SEN including EAL pupils

'Assessment is a core tool of every teacher’s practice; this book enables the reflective practitioner to develop a critical understanding of assessment with the confidence to implement it productively in their teaching in order to have an impact on children’s learning.'
Dr. Sue Faragher is a Principal Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and Head of Primary and Early Years Programmes. She gained her B.Ed from Liverpool University followed by a Masteras degree from Lancaster University and finally a Doctorate from Liverpool John Moores University. She spent many years as a primary school teacher during which time she was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher status. Sue then gained the National Professional Qualification for Head teachers prior to becoming a primary Head teacher. Following this she was Advisory Teacher for Assessment before finally moving into Higher Education in 2007 where, in summer 2013 she gained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.