How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

How should i Engage with Classroom Assessment?

How should i engage with classroom assessment?
Camilla Cole

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • reflect critically on the policy and practice of assessment;
  • understand the nature and purpose of assessment;
  • recognise the advantages and disadvantages of classroom assessment.

The importance of assessment is emphasised in the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) with teachers being required to ‘make active and productive use of assessment’ (DfE, 2011: 6). Further statements regarding assessment can be found in the other standards which indicate the importance of assessment in the everyday practice of teachers’ work in the classroom. As a student teacher, you may think you have a very clear understanding of what assessment is, what it is for and how it ...

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