LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE-THEY ARE DIFFERENT
Both David Didau and Dylan Wilam in their extremely civilised discussion on Assessment for Learning (Formative Assessment) at the Sunday Times/Wellington College Education Festival last weekend mentioned the work of Robert A. Bjork at the University of California, Los Angeles .
As it happened Didau and Wiliam agreed on quite a lot. Essentially teachers tend to assume that what they teach pupils has sunk in. But often it hasn’t. And you cant rely on teachers judgement or intuition when it comes to understanding whether or not their students are actually learning . So Formative Assessment is about using evidence about classroom learning to adapt teaching and learning to meet student needs. This assumes that you can assess what pupils have learned in an individual lesson, and then adjust future teaching based on this information.
But Didau makes the point that if we measure pupils’ performance we can only ever infer…
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