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Formative assessment – Nordic studies in relation to an international review
Stockholm University. (KKUP)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4858-0385
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The issue for this paper is to compare features of the Nordic studies with those found in the main international review. A general strategyfor the review was a systematic search, which was done using national and international databases with two major keywords: formativeassessment and assessment for learning, and corresponding Nordic keywords. From the approximately 2000 hits that these searchesresulted in, a first limitation was to exclude articles not explicitly relating to compulsory school. The largest share of the international articleswas related to either upper secondary school or higher education. Approximately 360 articles concerned compulsory school. Includedstudies were analysed and thematised in relation to the focus of the studies, but also in relation to whether they were based on qualitativeor quantitative data. General findings are that the concepts formative assessment/assessment for learning are used with many meanings.Based on e.g. Shepard (2000) we can see that differences in understanding of these concepts in some – but not all – cases are related todifferent theoretical perspectives. Narrow definitions tend to be instrumental whereas broad definitions display the different levels related toteachers’ classroom assessment. Studies based on quantitative data are coherent in terms of methodological choices and assumptions.Studies based on qualitative data are less coherent in perspectives and methods, but come closer to teachers’ assessment practices.Instead of supporting each other, these two types of studies seem to address quite different issues. When it comes to Nordic studies,formative assessment is still a field within educational research that has received comparatively little interest. Classroom studies are so farfew but dominate the Nordic field.

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formative assessment, assessment for learning, review
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120552OAI: diva2:853356
Swedish Research Council, 2013-9018
Available from: 2015-09-13 Created: 2015-09-13 Last updated: 2015-09-13

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