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Formative Assessment for Teaching and Learning

Formative Assessment for Teaching and Learning

  • Bill Boyle - Education Consultant, The World Bank
  • Marie Charles - Director, Many Faces in Teaching Research Organisation [MFIT]

December 2013 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'A unique blend of scholarly research-based principles of effective formative assessment with practical suggestions for use in the classroom. The authors show how the essence of formative assessment is in teachers' responses to the substance students' understandings, with a focus on how teachers can use pedagogical strategies to move students forward toward important learning outcomes. I highly recommend the book for both researchers and practitioners. It is an engaging, in-depth, sophisticated treatment of formative assessment.'
- James H. McMillan, Virginia Commonwealth University

Formative Assessment (AFL) supplies the strategy to support effective teaching, and to make learning deep and sustained. This book shows how to develop your planning for learner-centred day-to-day teaching and learning situations through an understanding of formative teaching, learning and assessment.

Within each chapter, based on real teaching situations, the strategies of the 'formative assessment toolkit' are identified and analysed:
  • guided group teaching
  • differentiation
  • observation & evidence elicitation
  • analysis & feedback
  • co-construction
  • reflective planning
  • self-regulation
  • dialogue & dialogic strategies.

The principles set out in this book can be applied to any age or stage in education, but will be particularly useful to current practising teachers, students following international and national teacher training courses; CPD or in-service work; and MEd and MA post-graduate assessment/teaching and learning modules. 

What is formative assessment?
The Guided Group Strategy
Observation & Evidence elicitation
Analysis & Feedback
Co-construction: The Active Involvement of Children
Reflective Practice
Self-regulated Learner - Learner Autonomy
Dialogue & Dialogic Teaching
Ways Forward

this is good for students to refer to for part of the criteria

Mrs Samantha smith
Wisemore Campus, Walsall College
August 1, 2016

A very good book for the Primary Education and Supporting Learning modules.

Mrs Annette Trilk
Child care, Wakefield College
August 22, 2015

An excellent book explaining the importance of formative assessment on the learning process.

June 12, 2015

This supports professional studies and professional practice modules with ITE programmes.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 5, 2015

A useful read to support students understanding and development of formative assessment. particularly interesting for those on teaching placement in schools looking for new and innovative ways of embedding formative assessment into their planning

Miss Lucy Pocknell
Faculty of Education and Sport, Brighton University
January 15, 2015

Useful for those who want to do further reading on the theory of assessment, beyond the basics. The case studies are school based and so less engaging for college based teachers, but there is still a wealth of relevant information.

Mrs Jane Boothman
Education, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
October 29, 2015

An excellent book explaining the importance of formative assessment on the learning process. Essential for those who wish their learners to get the best for their learners

Miss Antoinette Unsworth
teaching and learning, Michaeljohn Training
July 14, 2014

This book is a great help to anyone working in the classroom and will be an asset to anyone about to engage in a L3 course of study in STL/s. Unit 307 is all based around assessment for learning and this book will be invaluable as a reference tool. There are lots of links to theorists as well as research making referencing so easy. I have already used it myself and directed learners to it. I will be recommending it as a resource for the college library.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
April 24, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: What is Formative Assessment?

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