This set brings together key articles providing theoretical discussion and reporting research in student assessment throughout the range, from pre-school to post-school education. The range of purposes, procedures, policies and properties of assessment are covered in the four volumes. The articles cover issues and practices of wide general application. The volumes provide an unparalleled resource for academic research and reference that will deepen understanding within the field.
Volume 1: Assessment Roles and Purposesb- focuses on the role that assessment and testing can take in education.
Volume 2: Methods and Technical Issues in Assessment - brings together studies of different ways of conducting assessment going beyond testing, and some that are designed to assess a range of competencies such as problem-solving, learning dispositions and critical thinking.
Volume 3: National and International Assessment - includes articles on the methods, design and use of findings of national surveys, such as NAEP and the APU, and international surveys of the IEA and OECD.
Volume 4: Assessment Policies and Systems - considers how assessment and testing for a particular purpose impacts on students, teachers and on other parts of an assessment system.
Professor Wynne Harlen is one of the key international figures in primary science. She was most recently head of the Scottish Council for Research in Education and is now retired.