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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Formative assessment for all: a whole school approach to pedagogic change
Author(s): Priestley, Mark
Sime, Daniela
Keywords: formative assessment
assessment for learning
Curriculum-based assessment Change Scotland
Educational tests and measurements Scotland
Evaluation research Scotland Case studies
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Date Deposited: 20-Apr-2007
Citation: Priestley M & Sime D (2005) Formative assessment for all: a whole school approach to pedagogic change. Curriculum Journal, 16 (4), pp. 475-492.
Abstract: Scotland’s Assessment is for Learning initiative (AifL) seeks to introduce a coordinated national system for assessment in schools. Formative assessment is a major plank in this. The initiative has moved beyond its pilot phase and it is intended that it will be adopted by all Scottish schools by 2007. This paper draws upon the case study of a primary school that has adopted a whole school approach to enacting the formative assessment principles of AifL since 2004. The paper utilises Margaret Archer’s social theory to analyse and explain the processes of change that have underpinned the development of formative assessment in the school. It argues that meaningful change in schools can be stimulated by encouraging socio-cultural interaction amongst practitioners, via the impetus provided by a central initiative combined with the creation of spaces for dialogue and the extension of professional trust and autonomy.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09585170500384586
Rights: Published in The Curriculum Journal. Copyright 2005 by Taylor & Francis.

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