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Learning to become assessment capable teachers

Project Leaders:
Bronwen Cowie (University of Waikato)
Mary Hill (University of Auckland)
Alison Gilmore (University of Canterbury)
Lisa Smith (University of Otago)

University of Waikato team members: Beverley Cooper and Bill Ussher

Project dates: January 2010-January 2013

Project Dates: 2010 - 2013

This Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) project aims to enhance understanding about how pre-service teachers learn to use assessment in service of students learning. Using a specially designed questionnaire the project is tracking pre-service teachers' assessment knowledge and beliefs over the course of their three years of study, beginning with a questionnaire during their first weeks of study (2010) and concluding as they exit three years later in 2012. Student case studies are being developed to examine in more depth how individual pre-service teachers learn to use assessment through their courses and during field practice. Findings will be analysed in light of programme intentions and the New Zealand Teachers' Council (NZTC) graduating standards.

The research questions are

  • What do pre-service teachers know and believe about assessment at entry, part way through and at exit from their teacher education programmes?
  • In what ways does teacher education, including practica, scaffold pre-service teachers' assessment capabilities?

The project is unique in that it is the first TLRI project that involves research teams from across four New Zealand universities, each interested in building and sharing exoertise and knowledge across theory-practice.

Project outputs

Intentions poster can be downloaded from the TLRI website.

Hill, M. F., Smith, L. F., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A., & Gunn, A. (2013). Preparing initial teacher and early childhood teacher education students to use assessment. Final summary report. Wellington, New Zealand: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. (PDF 169KB)

Smith, L. F., Hill, M., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A. (2010). Teacher Education Students' Knowledge and Beliefs About Assessment At Entry to Their Teacher Education Programme. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Research in Education Conference, Auckland, 6-9 December 2010.

Smith, L. F., Hill, M., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A. (2010). Teacher Education Students' Knowledge and Beliefs About Assessment At Entry to Their Teacher Education Programme. Paper presented Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ), Auckland, 26 October 2010.

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