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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Authentic assessment: assessment for learning

Robyn Collins

The learning needs of today's students no longer fit the traditional model. Rather than simply learning facts and basic skills, they need to acquire more complex skills in conceptualisation and problem solving. They need affective and metacognitive skills, and the capacity to work collaboratively and to work across disciplines. They need the dispositions required to pursue such learning. They also need learning experiences of the kind of tasks that they may expect to meet in adult life. Such learning requires authentic assessment, designed to demonstrate their grasp of the skills and competencies needed to address real-life problems, and formative assessment, or assessment for learning, designed to provide learners with feedback on their progress to inform their development. The article discusses the application of higher-level questioning, marking and feedback strategies, the establishment of shared learning goals between teacher and student, and peer- and self-assessment.

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What is happening when teachers of 11 to 13-year-old students take guided reading: a New Zealand snapshot

Jo Fletcher, et al.

A New Zealand study has examined how eight effective teachers of reading have assisted the reading comprehension of students in years 7 and 8 – Educational Review.

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Using spacing to enhance diverse forms of learning: review of recent research and implications for instruction

Shana Carpenter, et al.

Students learn more effectively when the study of a topic takes place at over two or more intervals of time – Educational Psychology Review.

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The basics of blended instruction

Catlin Tucker

Blending classroom-based and online learning allows students greater scope to control their own academic work – Educational Leadership.

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Creating a road map for 21st century geography education: project overview

Daniel C Edelson, Jill Wertheim, Emily Schell

Geographers in the USA have set out long-term strategies to improve K–12 education in the subject area – The Geography Teacher.

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