Assessment and Learning places learning at the centre of our concerns and explicitly underscores the importance of assessment in that learning. This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of assessment that is used to support learning, practice-based theory on assessment for learning, and formative assessment to support individual development and motivate learners. Readers will find research-informed insights from a wide variety of international contexts. It features: New chapters on e-assessment, the learner's perspective on assessment and learning and the influence of assessment on how we value learning; Teacher-friendly assessment topics; Practical examples and chapter summaries throughout; This book is useful to teacher educators and researchers on graduate courses in education, teaching, learning and assessment.

From Teachers to Schools: Scaling up Professional Development for Formative Assessment1

From Teachers to Schools: Scaling up Professional Development for Formative Assessment1

From teachers to schools: Scaling up professional development for formative assessment
SiobhanLeahy and DylanWiliam


The surgeon Atul Gawande has pointed out that the advances in highly demanding aspects of medical practice such as surgery have been greater than in apparently ‘easier’ areas such as basic hygiene. He quotes the example of washing hands after contact with patients, where the compliance rate in many hospitals is below 50%, even though it is widely accepted that a compliance rate of over 95% is required to control the spread of resistant forms of staphylococcus aureus such as vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) and methicillinin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (Gawande, 2007: 15).

The problem is not ignorance, nor wilful disobedience. A strict procedure ...

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