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Following on the success of 2008's Major Work, Student Assessment and Testing (ed. Harlen), this new four-volume Major Work revisits the topic of assessment in education but shifts the focus to take a more detailed look at important aspects of the subject previously only touched upon, such as:
Assessment carried out by teachers; Advances in technological approaches to assessment, most notably in computerized adaptive testing; Our understanding of assessment for learning (including peer and self-assessment, formative assessment and feedback); Ethical dimensions such as students' rights and entitlements
This new collection brings together the best existing work in these areas, and is introduced by a newly-written contextualising chapter by the major work's esteemed editor, John Gardner.
Harlen's preceding set of four volumes on Student Assessment and Testing (2008) are distinguished by a comprehensive coverage of such areas as international assessment policies and systems, the purposes of assessment and technical aspects of assessment reliability and validity. Over the past several decades the field of assessment had developed so rapidly and in so many areas that to encompass the full range of topics would have been impossible. This new series of volumes now extends the coverage by addressing such areas as teachers' assessing student performance and technological approaches to assessment of student learning, most notably through computerized adaptive testing. It also includes important contributions that have improved our understanding of how assessment may be used to support learning ...