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Dynamic Assessment (Learning Potential Testing, Testing the Limits)

Introduction

This entry discusses the characteristics and procedures of dynamic assessment and learning potential testing, differentiating these approaches from testing-the-limits. The entry will briefly discuss examples of dynamic assessment procedures that have been developed by researchers in a number of countries, as well as developing applications and evidence for validity of these approaches.

Dynamic assessment is a generic term for approaches to assessment that are characterized by inclusion of interactions between the assessor and learner during the course of the assessment. These are sometimes referred to as learning potential or interactive assessment procedures because the information derived from the interaction relates to what the learner is able to accomplish with the help of a more experienced collaborator, going beyond independent functioning. This extension beyond the current level ...

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