Assessment as Judgement-in-Context: Analysing how teachers evaluate students' writing

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Title Assessment as Judgement-in-Context: Analysing how teachers evaluate students' writing
Author Cooksey, Ray W.; Freebody, Peter; Wyatt-Smith, Claire Maree
Journal Name Educational Research and Evaluation
Year Published 2007
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this paper, we analyse teachers' judgments of students' written texts. We document how teachers use evidence in ways that depend both on their knowledge of the students and on the assessment framework they need to use. We analyse teachers' judgments by contrasting the structures of assessments made using teachers' normal classroom judgment processes with those made using an external set of ''benchmark'' standards. We show how the tension between demands for systemwide assessment validity and localised contextually sensitive site validity impacts on the richness and consistency of the judgment processes. We conclude that current understandings of teacher judgment processes that operate in everyday assessment practices generally fail to account for the complexity and dynamism of this routine classroom activity. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the methodology of judgment analysis, combined with think-aloud protocols, has the potential to shed light on the complexities associated with the operation of judgment in educational assessment.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 13
Issue Number 5
Page from 401
Page to 434
ISSN 1380-3611
Date Accessioned 2008-02-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Assessment and Evaluation
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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