Reconceptualising educational assessment in South Africa - testing times for teachers

Pryor, John and Lubisi, Cassius (2002) Reconceptualising educational assessment in South Africa - testing times for teachers. International Journal of Educational Development, 22 (6). pp. 673-686. ISSN 0738-0593

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Abstract

This paper explores some of the problems arising when Continuous Assessment (CA) is grafted onto established pedagogic practices. It focuses on three issues: teachers' restricted understandings of assessment, teachers' emphasis on criteria that demonstrate concern with social control, and some of the problems connected with peer assessment. Two vignettes derived from fieldwork associated with a project to improve the quality of primary education are used to raise the issues. We argue that the development of desired practices is hampered above all by tacit values in tension with those underpinning the new curriculum. These values, together with the complexity of curriculum design, create serious problems of manageability and interpretation, which can only be addressed through detailed interactive in-service training, aimed at reconceptualising teachers' notions of assessment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article describes research carried out in South Africa with in-service teacher educators. Drawing theoretically on Pryor's previous work on assessment, it focuses on three issues: teachers' restricted understandings of assessment, teachers' emphasis on criteria that demonstrate concern with social control, and some of the problems connected with peer assessment. These are shown as especially significant in the context of educational and political change in South Africa. In particular, peer assessment has received little empirical attention especially in sub-Saharan settings. The work fed into Chisholm et al's review of Curriculum 2005 where Lubisi was part of the writing team, and has been influential in shaping South African assessment policy.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: John Pryor
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:28
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2012 10:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31375
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