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Assessment as Learning: Blurring the Boundaries of Assessment and Learning for Theory, Policy and Practice

Dann, R; (2014) Assessment as Learning: Blurring the Boundaries of Assessment and Learning for Theory, Policy and Practice. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice , 21 (2) pp. 149-166. 10.1080/0969594X.2014.898128. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores assessment and learning in a way that blurs their boundaries. The notion of assessment as learning (AaL) is offered as an aspect of formative assessment (assessment for learning). It considers how pupils self-regulate their own learning, and in so doing make complex decisions about how they use feedback and engage with the learning priorities of the classroom. Discussion is framed from a sociocultural stance, yet challenges some of the perspectives that have widely become accepted. It offers three new views to help explore the concept of AaL: understanding feedback; understanding the learning gap; and exploring vocabularies of assessment. Pragmatically, the ideas examined suggest that teachers may need to consider less about focused and directive feedback, but more about how learners interpret and understand feedback from their selfregulatory and self-productive identities and how vocabularies for assessment can be more collaboratively shared in learning contexts.

Type: Article
Title: Assessment as Learning: Blurring the Boundaries of Assessment and Learning for Theory, Policy and Practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0969594X.2014.898128
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969594X.2014.898128
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: assessment as learning; pupil self-assessment; learning gap; communicative action
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524755
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