Educational Objectives and National Assessment

Educational Objectives and National Assessment

by Sue Butterfield
     
 

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Changes in assessment are at the heart of government policy for change in the UK. The GCSE, the National Curriculum and National Vocational Qualifications seek to make the progress of individuals more measurable - in order to make education professionals more accountable. These changes create a precarious balance - between the promise of better opportunity for…  See more details below

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Changes in assessment are at the heart of government policy for change in the UK. The GCSE, the National Curriculum and National Vocational Qualifications seek to make the progress of individuals more measurable - in order to make education professionals more accountable. These changes create a precarious balance - between the promise of better opportunity for students and a system of centralized control which could be stifling for teachers and learners alike. This book takes an overall view of the technical claims made for improvements in assessment, alongside the policy agenda within which the changes are introduced. It highlights the dangers of taking a fragmented view - and allowing a competitive system and league tables to be based on information which may be technically shaky. The alternative to mechanistic, objectives-driven models of control appears to be a reassertion of the professional role in education. However, arguments for professional power have to be carefully weighed against the need for learner empowerment.

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A survey of technical claims made for improvements in assessment, focusing on the GCSE, the National Curriculum and the National Vocational Qualifications in the UK, with discussion of the policy agenda within which the improvements are introduced and of the ways in which the focus on assessment results threatens to narrow the debate on school effectiveness and educational standards. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780335194186
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Assessing Assessment Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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