What is assessment in Primary Education?
The title of the paper is what is assessment in primary education.
The marking criteria for this is (at Masters’ Level for a 2:1):
Excellent understanding of the area of study. Your work will make a significant contribution to the area you are studying in a way which adds to current knowledge,including the use of current journals or/and e-journals.
Exceptionally comprehensive breadth and depth of engagement with a wide and pertinent range of sources relating to one of the key themes. Major debates discussed are at the forefront of the discipline.
Excellent links to theoretical perspectives.
There is a distinctive, fully articulated analysis/reflection of how such research affects your development as a practitioner.
You will be demonstrating a high level of autonomy in identifying appropriate sources, including the use of current journals and/or e-journals and you will have an assured command of the necessary skills to plan reading, to carry out research and to use the resulting information.
The essay will be consistently written in elegant formal Standard English
OR THIS ASSIGNMENT, YOU MUST: Be critical- you’re allowed to disagree Have perfect referencing Be reflective Synthesise Well structured Have extremely current research, even journals and e-journals in 2016 and 2015 but must be relevant to the discussion Last sentence of each paragraph = potential solution For and against argument Logical order Concise- everything must be to the point, no sweeping statements Critically evaluate the research that you use to support your discussion
EAMPLE OF WHAT A PARAGRAPH SHOULD LOOK LIKE: According to Purnell (2015, pp 67) the cat did not simply sit on the mat, rather it lay there defiantly, having already been told to move. Davies (2016, pp187) supports Purnell?s view when he states that cats are prone to doing this. Evans (2016, pp285) , however, disagrees when he maintains that all cats can be made to move if the incentive is great enough. A way to encourage the cat to move could include the offering of preferred treats, and failing that a threat
The structure should be the following:
Paragraph 1: Some definitions of assessment but the definitions must be critically analysed. Also the history of assessment and how it is different now- this must be relevant to the assignment. INCLUDE HOW ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN CHANGED WITHOUT LEVELS NOW AND HOW IS THIS AFFECTING PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Paragraph 2: How is assessment used in primary schools? What is assessment in primary school? How does assessment look like in primary school? These point must be answered clearly and have references that link to the point. Must also be critically analysed.
Paragraph 3: there are many types of assessments in primary school- formative, summative, diagnostic, periodic. Have a few sentences of each of these, being critically analytical of how it used at primary schools and how beneficial it is. What are each of the assessments used for- what do they assess? Then say the ones that will be discussed in detail are formative, summative, self and peer assessment.
Paragraph 4: in-depth analysis of formative assessments. The good and bad points of this assessment. MUST BE CRITICALLY ANALYSED
Paragraph 5: in-depth analysis of summative assessment. The good and bad points of this assessment. MUST BE CRITICALLY ANALYSED.
Paragraph 6: in-depth analysis of self and peer assessment. The good and bad points of this assessment. MUST BE CRITICALLY ANALYSED.
Paragraph 7: Conclusion
Here are some references that are to be used in relevant points:
Clarke, S. (2014) Outstanding formative assessment. Abingdon: Hodder Education. (Available as an e-book).
Dubiel, J. (2014) Effective assessment in the early years foundation stage. London: Sage.
Frederickson, N. and Cline. T. (2009) SEN, inclusion and diversity. 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press. (Available as an e-book).
Hattie, J. and Timperley, H. (2007) ‘The power of feedback’, Review of Educational Research, 77 (1), pp.81-112.