Developing teachers’ capacities in assessment through career-long professional learning

Livingston, K. and Hutchinson, C. (2017) Developing teachers’ capacities in assessment through career-long professional learning. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 24(2), pp. 290-307. (doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2016.1223016)

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In a context of increasing demand for quality and equity in education and a sharp focus on accountability, classroom teachers are also expected to support and improve learning outcomes for pupils in response to their individual needs. This paper explores three issues: how teachers understand assessment in relation to their students’ learning, the curriculum and their pedagogical choices; how teachers’ capacity to use assessment to improve students’ learning can be developed through career-long professional learning (CLPL); and how teachers’ learning can be implemented and sustained in schools, both locally and nationally. In considering these issues, recent thinking about learning and assessment and CLPL are considered alongside empirical evidence from the development and implementation of assessment processes and approaches to professional development in Scotland. The paper emphasises the importance of a dynamic framework of CLPL that recognises the individuality of teachers’ learning needs and the consequent need for tailored professional learning opportunities with different combinations of support and challenge at school, local and national levels.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Livingston, Professor Kay and Hutchinson, Ms Carolyn
Authors: Livingston, K., and Hutchinson, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
Journal Name:Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-329X
Published Online:21 September 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice 24(2):290-307
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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