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Teachers' views of using an on-line, formative assessment system for mathematics

V Steinle, KC Stacey

Pre-proceedings: 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education Topic Study Group 33 | COEX | Published : 2012


In this paper we discuss some issues arising from teachers’ use of an on-line system for formative assessment of their students’ understanding of mathematics. The ‘smart tests’ cover many topics in secondary school mathematics, and are programmed to provide an automated diagnosis of students’ stages of learning in specific topics, to inform teaching. In particular, we highlight teachers’ views about: the desirability of formative assessment; the use that they make of this information; the provision of feedback; and the effect of using the system on their pedagogical content knowledge and subsequent changes to their practice .Overall, teachers report that use of the tests improves their knowl..

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