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Title: Student Culture and Classroom Assessment Practices
Author: Giron, Tilia
Advisor(s): Parkes, Jay
Committee Member(s): Armstrong, Jan
Trinidad Galvan, Ruth
Flowerday, Terri
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Education
Subject: classroom assessment, student culture, formative assessment, dual language, constructivism
elementary education
LC Subject(s): Educational tests and measurements
Education, bilingual
Constructivism (Education)
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Constructivism maintains that instruction is more meaningful when it is relevant, social and interactive. Formative assessment has been empirically demonstrated as being an effective form of instruction and assessment for learners (Black & Wiliam, 1998a, 1998b). Since assessment orients instruction and learning, combining student culture with formative assessment could result in a powerful approach to learning. This study explored what a sample of dual language teachers, primarily grades four and five, reported about their classroom assessments, culture and student learning. This study also inquired whether these teachers said they used formative assessment. The research question was: What do dual language elementary school teachers report that they do and how do they do what they report doing in order to incorporate student culture within their classroom assessment practices? Participants reported that they accommodated student individuality within their own classroom assessment practices, which, as described, resemble actual formative assessment. These teachers said they modified assessments for student differences despite a mandate to observe scripted curricula with strict fidelity. Some teachers seemed pre-occupied with large scale testing. They disparaged the No Child Left Behind legislation for precipitating large-scale standards-based testing, heavy reliance on data, and incessant pressure to continually improve scores. Some also held in high disfavor district administrators whom they deemed responsible for reportedly requiring assessments in a language in which students had not been instructed; they, further, indicated they may have intervened on their students' behalf.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20824


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