Teachers’ competency in assessment for learning in early childhood education in Hong Kong

Nicholas Sun Keung PANG, Lai Mei LEUNG

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Abstract

This paper reports the outcomes of a 2-year research project designed to investigate the practice of assessment for learning by Hong Kong teachers. The project was a collaborative one, involving the School Development and Evaluation Team (SDET) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and teachers from 10 kindergartens and 10 primary schools. In the project, training programmes, workshops and meetings were provided to the participating schools for the purpose of enhancing teachers’ Assessment for Learning (AfL) competency in their daily teaching. A questionnaire was administered twice to all teachers in the project schools at the beginning as well as towards the end of the project to tap any improvement regarding teachers’ habits in utilizing AfL strategies in their classrooms. Results indicate that there is a remarkable improvement regarding teachers’ habits in utilizing AfL strategies during the study. It is recommended that more professional development programmes and school support for teachers should be provided for enhancing teachers’ AfL literacy in their daily teaching. Copyright © 2011 Hong Kong Educational Research Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-222
JournalEducational Research Journal
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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childhood
teacher
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learning strategy
habits
school
school development
Teaching
kindergarten
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primary school
research project
literacy
classroom
questionnaire
evaluation

Citation

Pang, N. S.-K., & Leung, Z. L.-M. (2011). Teachers’ competency in assessment for learning in early childhood education in Hong Kong. Educational Research Journal, 26(2), 199-222.

Keywords

  • Assessment-for-learning
  • Early childhood education
  • Hong Kong