In today’s rapidly changing world, a holistic and integrated approach to educational assessment – and its interdependence with curriculum, teaching and learning – is essential. In the delivery of 21st century knowledge and skills, educators will be challenged with issues such as what to teach, what and how learners need to learn, and how to assess their work accurately to measure richer and more meaningful learning and more complex tasks. Meaningful assessment for 21st century learning seeks to address different learning contexts and disciplines by exploring how education theory, methodologies and approaches influence assessment practices in the 21st century.
Meaningful assessment for 21st century learning provides scholarly and scientific perspectives, covering topics such as blended learning, inclusive education, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, and early childhood and adult learning. It further provides guidance on how to interpret assessment results and how to plan meaningful and sustainable assessments.
Contents include the following:
· Assessment and the 21st century teaching and learning expectations
· The centrality of assessment to learning
· Assessment within the South African curriculum context
· Stakeholders involved in the planning of meaningful and sustainable assessment
· Meaningful, challenging and engaging assessment in practice
· Meaningful assessment for problem-based learning, cooperative learning and blended learning
· Assessment in an inclusive education environment
· Assessment in early childhood and adult learning
· Making meaning of and using assessment results
Meaningful assessment for 21st century learning is aimed at the broader educational community of scholars engaged in meaningful and effective educational assessment to promote 21st century skills.
Chapter 1 The changing landscape of assessment and 21st century teaching and learning expectations
Chapter 2 Assessment: exploring the territory
Chapter 3 Assessment within the South African curriculum context: societal issues and challenges
Chapter 4 The South African school curriculum and assessment
Chapter 5 Stakeholders involved in the planning of meaningful and sustainable assessment
Chapter 6 Meaningful, challenging and engaging assessment in practice
Chapter 7 Meaningful assessment in problem-based learning: an example of active learning
Chapter 8 Meaningful assessment for cooperative learning
Chapter 9 Blended learning and assessment
Chapter 10 Assessment in an inclusive education environment
Chapter 11 Assessment: a critical partner in early childhood education
Chapter 12 Assessment in adult learning
Chapter 13 Making meaning of and using assessment results
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