Assessment is a concept familiar across the field of education and is inherent to the work of professors, administrators, teachers, researchers, journalists, and scholars. A multifaceted and politically charged topic, assessment ranges from informal interactions with learners in classrooms to systematic high-stakes testing and examination. Written by a leading expert on assessment, this book situates the topic within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory and brings it to a wider audience. With chapters on the fundamentals of assessment, explanations of its uses, and advice for best application, this concise volume is designed for any education course that includes assessment in the curriculum. It will be indispensable for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.
This is a text that many of us have been waiting for. Brown adopts a balanced approach to discussing the assessment of student achievement. By focusing on how people interact with assessment at deep, often personal levels, he delves into territory that every teacher and student must face: how do I feel about assessment and what does that mean? This book enhances the discourse around assessment through topics, examples, and criticality that speak to the needs of modern educators. ---Christopher Charles Deneen, Assistant Professsor of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore