The need to rethink our approach to formative assessment in Higher Education

Ni Drisceoil, Verona (2022) The need to rethink our approach to formative assessment in Higher Education. Dare to Transform.

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Abstract

Formative assessment is a familiar element in the Higher Education (HE) landscape but there has, as noted by Crossouard and Pryor (2012, 253), been ‘little questioning of the practices conducted in its name much less the theory that produces it’. In this blog post, I call for a questioning of the practice. Specifically, I argue that we need to rethink our approach to formative assessment in relation to the preparation for written based summative assessments, such as essays. In doing so, I argue for the incorporation of a more responsive and deliberate practice approach (Ericsson and Pool, 2016) – to build in, and embed, more formative written opportunities within the classroom environment as a better way to track progress, respond in real time, and ensure that all students benefit.

To begin, I will revisit some of the current challenges to, and for, formative assessment in HE before then moving on to outline what a rethinking looks like. I will conclude with some take away messages and suggestions on how to build in written based formative opportunities into your seminars and lectures.

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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 12:41
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URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106713
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