Engaging and Empowering Teachers in Innovative Assessment Practice

  • John Gardner
  • Wynne Harlen
  • Louise Hayward
  • Gordon Stobart
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 14)


Increased recognition of the important role of assessment in learning has meant that assessment by teachers has taken on new importance in schools and indeed in education systems as a whole. External testing has forced schools to improve their performance and that of their students by striving for externally imposed targets and standards, resulting in a range of negative impacts. Assessment by teachers offers a complementary role to appropriately designed external testing, provided that the teachers involved are engaged and empowered. This chapter reports on the findings of the project entitled Analysis and Review of Innovations in Assessment project (ARIA), which set out to explore various initiatives associated with Assessment for Learning in the four countries of the UK. The project found that many initiatives in developing assessment by teachers are under-designed and there is uncertainty about defining quality in assessment practice. It also identified potentially successful approaches to professional learning and dissemination through a dynamic and complex process that requires commitment from, and empowerment of, teachers and appropriate support from policy-makers, researchers and educational support professionals.


Professional Development Professional Learning Assessment Practice External Testing Professional Development Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Gardner
    • 1
  • Wynne Harlen
    • 2
  • Louise Hayward
    • 3
  • Gordon Stobart
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Education at Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK
  2. 2.Graduate School of Education, University of BristolBristolEngland, UK
  3. 3.School of Education, Glasgow UniversityGlasgowScotland, UK
  4. 4.Institute of Education, University of LondonLondonEngland, UK

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