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Unlocking Formative Assessment

Practical strategies for enhancing pupils' learning in the primary classroom


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Unlocking Formative Assessment by Shirley Clarke
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A companion to "Targeting Assessment in the Primary Classroom", this practical guide explains how to unlock the power and potential of formative assessment - assessment which engages with and helps define the appropriate next steps for the individual child. Shirley Clarke examines the key issues of assessment in the context of the national literacy and numeracy strategies. She then focuses on effective questioning, and ways of raising pupils' confidence and self-esteem - the key to learning. This book makes accessible a wealth of ideas, research and practical expertise, giving teachers the 'how to' information they need. It shows how formative assessment complements formal, summative assessment - and how it can bring a dramatic culture shift to teaching and learning in the classroom.

Author Biography

Shirley Clarke is lecturer in assessment and curriculum at the Institute of Education, University of London, and author of the hugely popular "Targeting Assessment in the Primary Classroom". An experienced primary teacher and advisory teacher, and a popular speaker, she runs numerous local and regional training courses on classroom assessment. She is also a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement. Shirley's books with H&S Educational include "Unlocking Formative Assessment" (2001), "Targeting Assessment in the Primary Classroom" (1998) and "Key Words Spelling" (with Barry Silsby, 1997). She is also editor of "Tracking Significant Achievement in the Early Years" and of the H&S Managing Primary Mathematics series. Please click on the link below for the A4 Copy Masters document:
Release date NZ
May 4th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Hodder Education
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