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Evaluating a large-scale implementation of Assessment for Learning in Sweden
Department of Learning and Environment, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden .
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Department of Educational Studies, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8173-7474
Education Department, Borås, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Assessment in education: Principles, Policy & Practice, ISSN 0969-594X, E-ISSN 1465-329X, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 104-121Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study reports on a large-scale implementation of Assessment for Learning (AfL) in a Swedish municipality. The implementation was founded on two principles: (1) teaching should be informed by educational research; (2) to be successful teachers’ professional development needs to be based in everyday classroom practice. From these principles, AfL was chosen as a strand of educa- tional research to inform teaching and ‘Teacher Learning Communities’ were chosen as a vehicle for professional development and for implementing AfL practices. Findings indicate that the project has been successful in bringing about a change in how teachers talk about teaching and learning and in changing teachers’ pedagogical practice towards AfL. Findings also suggest that AfL prac- tices are mostly teacher-centred, which means that the teachers still take most of the responsibility for the assessment. This leads to high workload for the teach- ers and may also hinder students from taking responsibility for their learning. 

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2014. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 104-121
Keywords [en]
Assessment for Learning; formative assessment; teacher professional development; teacher learning communities
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40313DOI: 10.1080/0969594X.2014.970612Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922186869OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-40313DiVA, id: diva2:776978
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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