Formative Assessment: The Malaysian English Language Primary School Teachers’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Values

International Journal of English Language Studies

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Title Formative Assessment: The Malaysian English Language Primary School Teachers’ Pedagogical Beliefs and Values
Creator Jonglai, Stephania Albert
Pike, Mark
Lamb, Martin
Subject Formative Assessment, Pedagogical Beliefs and Values, classroom observations
Description This study investigated the beliefs and practices of primary school English language teachers in eastern Malaysia with regards to the country’s School-Based Assessment (SBA) reform. The study also investigated the contextual factors affecting the teachers’ beliefs and practices, aiming to understand the effects of these beliefs on their practice of SBA in order to extend our understanding of teachers’ interpretations of SBA, the challenges influencing these interpretations and thus, what affects the implementation process. After preliminary interviews with seven teachers, the study selected three who had an understanding of and knowledge about SBA and examined their claims to be implementing it. The study conducted classroom observations and then, using post-observation interviews, explored the reasons behind the teachers’ practices. The teachers interpreted and implemented SBA using their pedagogical knowledge and beliefs and incorporating existing teaching–learning practices, and they showed awareness of the goals and aims of the SBA initiatives. However, contextual factors affected their implementation process, and thus, their practices deviated from some of the underlying principles and objectives of the SBA policy. The study pointed to a limited uptake of the SBA policy and provided evidence of the importance of studying both the teachers’ prior or existing beliefs about assessment and the contextual factors, to understand the motives behind the teachers’ actual assessment practices and their attitudes towards assessment reforms.
Publisher Al-Kindi Center for Research and Development
Date 2021-04-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source International Journal of English Language Studies; Vol. 3 No. 4 (2021): International Journal of English Language Studies; 52-66
Language eng

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