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Title: School Counsellor Use of Curriculum-based Dynamic Assessment
Contributor(s): Berman, Jeanette  (author)orcid ; Graham, Lorraine (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1017/S1037291100004520
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Abstract: This study explored the conditions required for the practical implementation of dynamic assessment in schools. It involved the development and implementation of a curriculum-based dynamic assessment procedure in the area of school mathematics for use by school counsellors. Dynamic assessment has been developed within Vygotskian theories of learning, teaching and assessment. It incorporates a teaching or mediation phase that requires the application of clinical assessment and teaching skills. This paper argues that the competencies needed to conduct a successful dynamic assessment are a blend of professional skills possessed by school counsellors. The assessment procedures used in this study resulted in valid assessment information about students' cognitive development as well as aspects of their general cognitive, social and emotional functioning. The information gathered through dynamic assessment was particularly useful for informing classroom teaching. The practical problems associated with dynamic assessment identified in the literature were not found to be barriers to the use of these techniques in schools in this study. Instead, dynamic assessment, used to complement conventional assessment instruments, has the potential to enhance the classroom utility of assessments carried out by school counsellors.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v.12, p. 21-40
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1037-2911
Field of Research (FOR): 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
170103 Educational Psychology
130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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