Book Chapter or Conference Paper Title

Teachers’ perspectives and practice of assessment for learning in classrooms in Tanzania

Document Type

Book Chapter

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

International Encyclopedia of Education

Department

Office of the Provost

Edition

4th

ISBN

9780128186305

Editor

Rob Tierney, Fazal Rizvi, Kadriye Ercikan

Publisher

Elsevier Science

Abstract

Assessment for Learning in Africa was a 3-year (2016–2019) study in Tanzania and South Africa. It studied how to develop sustainable teacher capacity for use of assessment for learning (AfL) in challenging educational settings. In Tanzania the study included a teacher development program in selected schools in an informal settlement in Dar es Salaam. This paper reports from the qualitative data from the teacher development.

Teachers considered covering the syllabus for examinations as the main purpose of teaching. Teachers' practice showed creative approaches to manage the large classes, provide students an opportunity to participate in the classroom. While, teachers' espoused a nuanced understanding of AfL, their practice was largely teacher-directed with little evidence of students taking ownership of learning. The study makes significant recommendations for policy and practice in education.

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