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A new assessment approach in mathematics classrooms in Saudi Arabia. (English)
Pope, Sue (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Proceedings of the British congress of mathematics education, BCME-8, University of Nottingham, UK, April 14‒17, 2014. London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). 1-7 (2014).
Summary: Assessment is an essential process for gathering information about students’ learning and achievement. This process should be integrated with learning and teaching to establish ways for teachers to understand their students’ learning and make informed decision about their instruction. In this paper, our focus is on a new approach to mathematics assessment in Saudi Arabia, which has been implemented recently. The new assessment approach is essentially a criterion-referenced assessment which aims to support students’ learning rather than measuring their progress solely. It is employed more as part of the students’ learning process. We explain why the new assessment approach is introduced, what it is, and how teachers deal with it. Moreover, we also discuss the challenges and implications of implementing new assessment approaches to mathematics teachers, educators and policy makers.
Classification: D62
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