Classroom Assessment in Malawi: Teachersâ Perceptions and Practices in Mathematics
|dc.contributor.author||Susuwele-Banda, William John||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||This study investigated teachersâ perceptions of classroom assessment in mathematics and their current classroom assessments practices. Specifically, the study sought to gain an understanding of the extent to which teachers use different classroom assessment methods and tools to understand and to support both the learning and teaching processes. The following three questions guided the study: 1) How do primary school teachers perceive classroom assessment in mathematics? 2) What kinds of assessment methods and tools do teachers use to assess their students in mathematics? 3) What is the influence of teachersâ perceptions of classroom assessment on their classroom assessment practices? The study used a questionnaire to establish the teachersâ perceptions of classroom assessment in mathematics, a lesson observation protocol, and pre-lesson and post-lesson observation interview protocols as main sources of data collection. The data collected through observations and interviews helped to map out patterns between perceptions of classroom assessment and the teachersâ classroom assessment practices. Document analysis was used to triangulate the information collected through observations and interviews. In addition, document analysis provided first hand information on the kind of written feedback students get and the nature of activities they do. A total of six teachers (three male and three female) were drawn from two primary schools in Malawi.
The data suggest that teachers perceive classroom assessment as tests that teachers give to their students at specified time intervals. What teachers said about their teaching was not reflected during their teaching. Since teachers perceived classroom assessment as tests, they showed limited ability to use different methods and tools to assess their students while teaching.
The teachersâ perceptions of classroom assessment have influence on their classroom assessment practices. Five of the six teachers perceived assessment as testing, and classroom assessment practices were not clearly embedded in their teaching.
Teacher experience and teacher education program did not seem to contribute much to teachersâ perceptions of classroom assessment; however, teacherâ s academic qualification seemed to influence teachersâ flexibility to accept new ideas.
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|dc.subject||factors influencing assessment||en_US|
|dc.title||Classroom Assessment in Malawi: Teachersâ Perceptions and Practices in Mathematics||en_US|
|dc.contributor.department||Teaching and Learning||en_US|
|thesis.degree.grantor||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||en_US|
|dc.contributor.committeechair||Tlou, Josiah S.||en_US|
|dc.contributor.committeemember||Barksdale, Mary Alice||en_US|
|dc.contributor.committeemember||Wilkins, Jesse L. M.||en_US|
|dc.contributor.committeemember||Kelly, Patricia Proudfoot||en_US|
|dc.contributor.committeemember||Niles, Jerome A.||en_US|
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