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What is Good (about) Language Testing and Assessment?

Författare och institution:
Gudrun Erickson (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik)
Publicerad i:
Early Language Learning - Theory and Practice in 2014; Umeå University, 12-14 June 2014 ,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The aim of my presentation is to focus on Good Practice in Language Testing and Assessment, from practical as well as conceptual points of view. In this I will place special emphasis on assessment as a pedagogical phenomenon with a clear potential to promote learning – for learners as well as for teachers. Furthermore, I will pay attention to the important function of assessment as an activity to control and promote quality, thereby enhancing fairness and equity both locally, in individual classrooms, and generally, at the societal level. Six fundamental questions that help guide the planning and analysis of all types of assessment are briefly addressed, namely Why?, What?, How?, When?, Who? & And…?. Throughout the presentation, the value of clarity and cooperation at different levels is emphasized, not least in relation to students. To illustrate this, I will present some experiences and examples from the development of national formative and summative language assessment and testing materials in Sweden, especially focusing on considerations regarding, and contributions by, young learners. Examples of questions addressed are what types of assessment students enjoy, what they think is easy and more difficult, and also how well they think they manage different tasks. In this, some similarities and differences between different categories of students are discussed, in particular regarding boys and girls. Reference will be made to a pan-European survey focusing on the same type of issues. Finally, the concept of Good Practice is discussed in relation to guidelines developed within EALTA (European Association for Language Testing and Assessment), currently available in 35 different languages.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Utbildningsvetenskap ->
Language assessment, young learners, collaboration, good practice
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2014-06-26 15:29

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