Friday, 12 April 2013

HK presentation (Feb 2013)

On the last lesson of the Classroom Language Assessment module, I presented my latest research plan to the class. L says it can be developed into research plan for pre-upgrade in July.


Notes:

BACKGROUND 
Hot topics in educational research but not so much in language assessment
Issues are LINKED
Issues central to lifelong learning (self-assessment, SDL, learner autonomy) and to preparing us for this age of exponential changes

RATIONALE 
Increasing importance of ICT in teaching & learning
Singapore MOE's 3rd Masterplan for ICT in Education:
'...enrich and transform the learning environments of our students and equip them with the critical competencies and dispositions to succeed in a knowledge economy.'
'Strengthening integration of ICT into Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy'

Future Schools testbeds for innovation

New syllabus acknowledges multimodal literacies, e.g. Writing and Representing, not just writing.
Doc mentions 'visual elements', 'multimodal texts', 'experiment with the use of sound, imagery and language', 'use a range of technologies'.

Importance of 21st C skills, e.g. various digital literacies (c.f. critical competencies & dispositions)
Singapore is a founding member of ATC21S (Assessment & Teaching of 21st C Skills)

How it's being assessed and WHAT is being assessed (i.e. the construct) important

METHODOLOGY 
Literacies & assessment as social situated practices - must be considered along other social & cultural practices
Literacies (multiple) not as skills but as activities
Skills view does not capture the diversity and complexity of people’s reading and writing activities in everyday life
Think about all the kinds of writing you do everyday, esp tech-mediated

Assessment practices also not neutral, but also shape and are shaped by society & culture

"A ‘practice’ (Praktik) is a routinized type of behaviour which consists of several elements, interconnected to one other: forms of bodily activities, forms of mental activities, ‘things’ and their use, a background know-ledge in the form of understanding, know-how, states of emotion and motivational knowledge." Reckwitz (2002)