Observing assessment for learning in action: Piloting an observation tool to inform teacher assessment learning and research

Funding year: 
1 year
University of Auckland - Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2019
Project end date: 
March 2020
Principal investigator(s): 
Assoc. Professor. Mary Hill
Research team members: 
Dr Helen Dixon, Dr Eleanor Hawe
Research partners: 
Jonathan Ramsay, Edendale Primary School; Beverley Booth, Devonport Primary School; and four teachers from each school.

Assessment capable teachers are critical for the engagement of students as envisioned by the New Zealand curriculum. However, capturing teachers’ assessment for learning (AfL) practices in a dependable and trustworthy manner in real settings for formative purposes is challenging. Capitalising on a set of observation protocols developed and evaluated in the US, the goal of this project is to offer a robust tool adapted to the NZ context that can capture teachers’ AfL practices for improvement purposes with appropriate and targeted feedback. Teachers, and teacher educator-researchers will participate in an iterative process for adapting and evaluating the tool.