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Understanding and Applying Assessment in Education

by Damian Murchan and Gerry Shiel SAGE Publications Ltd
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All teachers are responsible for assessing the children they teach and the outcomes of any assessment are important for individual learners and the wider school.  


This book is your one-stop-shop for understanding assessment in schools. It covers formative and summative approaches used across primary and secondary education, supporting a balanced overview with policy examples drawn from the UK, Ireland and wider international contexts.  


Designed as a pragmatic handbook for new teachers and those training to teach, the book discusses key principles of assessment, before providing guidance on developing and carrying out assessment in the classroom, and looking at how assessment information can be used to benefit your teaching and the children you teach.

Ch1: Assessment in education: Learning contexts and professional standards
Ch2: Validity, reliability and fairness
Ch3: Understanding assessment of learning: Purposes, impacts and challenges
Ch4: Understanding assessment for learning: Purposes, impacts and challenges
Ch5: Implementing assessment for learning: Techniques and illustrations for classroom use
Ch6: Designing and implementing summative written assessments for classroom use
Ch7: Performance-based assessment
Ch8: Interpreting and using scores from standardised tests and examinations
Ch9: Record-keeping, feedback and reporting from classroom assessment
Ch10: Differentiating assessment to accommodate learners' needs
Ch11: Assessment planning and policy at class, school and system levels
Ch12: Conclusions about assessment in education

Damian Murchan and Gerry Shiel have written a brilliantly organised, practical and in-depth book on all the key aspects of assessment that teachers are likely to encounter throughout their professional careers. While the book and its companion website will demand reflection and active engagement, readers can expect to be richly rewarded in terms of gaining a more sophisticated understanding of how assessment can be used to enhance teaching and learning in every classroom.

Damian Murchan - Trinity College Dublin

Gerry Shiel - St Patrick's College, Ireland