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Researching Classroom-Based Assessment for Formative Purposes

  • Peter Yongqi Gu

    Dr. Peter Gu is Head of School at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include language testing and assessment, learner autonomy and learning strategies, and vocabulary learning.

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    and Guoxing Yu

    Dr. Guoxing Yu is Professor of Language Assessment and Director of Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation at the School of Education, University of Bristol, UK. His research efforts have focused on various aspects of language assessment, and assessment research methods (e.g., eye-tracking).

Abstract

This article aims to help teacher-researchers engage in empirical research on classroom-based assessment for formative purposes. We will first introduce the key features of classroom-based formative assessment (CBFA), and analyze the research questions asked in round-one projects funded by the Fund for Assessment Research (FAR) in Foreign Language Education in China. Next, we will illustrate how some research questions can be answered by analyzing a video-taped lesson from a round-one FAR project. We conclude by calling for more teacher-led research and argue that research on CBFA by teachers will not only produce valid interpretations and applicable findings, but also constitute a viable model for teacher professional development.

About the authors

Dr. Peter Yongqi Gu

Dr. Peter Gu is Head of School at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include language testing and assessment, learner autonomy and learning strategies, and vocabulary learning.

Dr. Guoxing Yu

Dr. Guoxing Yu is Professor of Language Assessment and Director of Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation at the School of Education, University of Bristol, UK. His research efforts have focused on various aspects of language assessment, and assessment research methods (e.g., eye-tracking).

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Published Online: 2020-08-14
Published in Print: 2020-06-25

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