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Shifting sands: Using SOLO to promote assessment for learning with secondary mathematics and science teachers


Panizzon, D and Callingham, RA and Wright, T and Pegg, J, Shifting sands: Using SOLO to promote assessment for learning with secondary mathematics and science teachers, AARE 2007 Conference Proceedings, 26 - 29 November 2007, Fremantle, Western Australia EJ (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Assessment for learning places greater emphasis on assessment being linked intrinsically to the teaching and learning process. In this context summative and formative assessment become critical in providing feedback to teachers and students about what is understood and where learning and subsequently teaching should be directed to enhance student understanding. In NSW, this focus has required a major shift in teacher thinking and practice. A study using the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) model as a theoretical framework was developed to provide twenty-three secondary mathematics and science teachers with a structure and language to reconsider their assessment and teaching practices for Years 7-10 during a professional development programme. This paper describes the changes in teachersí practices by comparing baseline and mid-project interviews. Overall, mathematics teachers applied the model to identify developmental pathways in mathematical conceptual understanding as a means of improving their teaching strategies in the classroom. Alternatively, science teachers recognised the usefulness of the SOLO model for planning a range of assessment tasks that explored studentsí scientific understandings and then implemented this knowledge to restructure their science programmes. These results demonstrated a major shift in teachersí views of assessment and their practices from the initial interviews conducted at the outset of the study.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:assessment, learning, teaching, mathematics, science, Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome, SOLO
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Education assessment and evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Callingham, RA (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
ID Code:76206
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-03-01
Last Modified:2014-07-29
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