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Classroom assessment: the development of teachers’ cognitions

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This research project investigated teacher cognitions and assessment.

The researchers wanted to develop an understanding of how teachers develop their cognitions and how these cognitions influence classroom assessment practice. A qualitative approach was adopted and the research methods used included questionnaire, interview and observation with follow-up interview. 276 teachers working in 57 different countries participated in the project.

The researchers found that the participant teachers did not, on the whole, replicate the assessment practices they had experienced themselves as language learners. Rather, they made a conscious decision to use more learner-centred approaches to assessment. The teachers were focused on learners and ensuring they were making as much progress as possible.

This publication is free to download in pdf format below.

To accompany this research, there is a free toolkit to learn more about classroom assessment and the development of teachers’ cognitions.