Assessment, Schools and Society, Volume 35

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Routledge, 2011 - Education - 149 pages
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The 1970s saw a growing worldwide pre-occupation with school assessment; Britain witnessed lengthy debate in response to the proposals for examination reform initiated by the Schools Council, and the setting up of an Assessment of Performance Unit to monitor standards of achievement. This book analyzes the origins of school assessment and of international trends in practice, and explores the ideology of assessment which is now so widely accepted yet rarely questioned.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Editors introduction
8
Sociology and assessment
11
An historical perspective the origins of formal assessment in England and Wales
28
International perspectives and trends
56
Assessment and ideology
84
Assessment in the classroom
103
Assessment and social change
118
References and name index
133
Subject index
147
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Andrew Pollard is Professor of Education and supports educational research at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, the University of Bristol, UK, and the University of Cambridge, UK. He taught for ten years before becoming a teacher educator and researcher. He was Director of the UK-wide Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) and advised the government on the National Curriculum Review.

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