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Assessment for learning : a brief history and review of terminology
  This paper examines terms which are currently used to describe what has come to be known as assessment for learning. Relevant terms include formative assessment, assessment for learning, assessment as learning, learning orientated assessment and sustainable assessment. The varying constructions of assessment for learning embodied in these terms are considered. It is suggested that some models focus on only one or two aspects of assessment for learning, often with an emphasis on feedback. More holistic views of assessment for learning are desirable and one such model is presented which has at its heart the improvement of student learning.

  • Date:

    31 December 2009

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education

  • Funders:

    Northumbria University


McDowell, L., Sambell, K., & Davison, G. (2009). Assessment for learning : a brief history and review of terminology. In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving student learning : improving student learning through the curriculum : proceedings of the 16th international symposium, (56-64)




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