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W. James Popham
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About This Book
Testing expert W. James Popham cuts through the jargon and the hype to provide the definitive nuts-and-bolts introduction to formative assessment, a process with the power to completely transform teaching and learning.
In his inimitable style, Popham explains the research supporting formative assessment’s effectiveness and why familiarity with this research is the key to preserving both teacher sanity and district funds. You’ll find step-by-step guidance on how to build frameworks for formative assessment and how to carry out each of the process’s four levels: teachers’ instructional adjustments, students’ learning tactic adjustments, a classroom climate shift, and schoolwide implementation.
This book is the place to start for educators considering formative assessment, curious about why their school system is embracing formative assessment, or wondering why the “formative assessments” they’re using now aren’t producing the desired results. Here, you’ll learn what formative assessment is and isn’t, what it can do and what it can’t, and the practical way to reap its very real rewards: better teaching and better learning.
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About the Author
W. James Popham is Emeritus Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has spent most of his career as a teacher, largely at UCLA, where for nearly 30 years he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers and graduate-level courses in evaluation and measurement. At UCLA he won several distinguished teaching awards, and in January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA's top 20 professors of the 20th century.
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