Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Formative assessment in context
by Oxenford-O'Brian, Julie, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Denver, 2013, 513; 3605480
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation responds to critical gaps in current research on formative assessment practice which could limit successful implementation of this practice within the K-12 classroom context. The study applies a socio cultural perspective of learning to interpret a cross-case analysis of formative assessment practice occurring during one mathematics instructional unit in a 5th and one in a 6th grade classroom. It illustrates how a fully defined theoretical foundation deepens understanding of the roles of formative assessment in learning, posits a working definition by which the describe what formative assessment practice looks like and sounds like as it is occurring in actual classrooms, and explains how the classroom social context influences formative assessment practice. The study has implications for future researchers investigating formative assessment practice; practitioners interested in implementing formative assessment practice; and policy makers evaluating the effectiveness of teachers' instructional practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Iceman-Sands, Deanna
Commitee: Asp, Elliott, Nocon, Honorine, Ruiz-Primo, Maria Araceli
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Educational Studies and Research
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Educational tests & measurements
Keywords: Assessment, Case study, Classroom assessment, Formative assessment, Instruction, Socio-cultural
Publication Number: 3605480
ISBN: 978-1-303-61931-1
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