Changing Assessments: Alternative Views of Aptitude, by Bernard R. Gifford (auth.), Bernard R. Gifford, Mary

By Bernard R. Gifford (auth.), Bernard R. Gifford, Mary Catherine O’Connor (eds.)

Bernard R. Gifford As we aspect towards the 12 months 2000, the knowledge age is a truth; the worldwide market is more and more aggressive; and the U.S. hard work strength is shrinking. this day greater than ever, our nation's fiscal and social wellbeing and fitness hinges on our skill to faucet our human resources-to establish expertise, to nurture it, and to evaluate skills and disabilities in ways in which aid each person achieve his or her complete power. In pursuing that objective, decision-makers in schooling, undefined, and executive are depending more and more on standardized assessments: units of query- with exact instructions, closing dates and initiatives for all test-takers-designed to allow an inference approximately what somebody is aware or can do in a specific region. CALIBRATING distinction Our emphasis on standardized trying out rests on a premise that's so simple it usually escapes detect: that we people are varied from one another in ways in which are either significant and measurable. We fluctuate by way of cognitive skill; flair for acting other forms of psychological and actual initiatives; temperament; and pursuits. yet one way or the other, with out adequate exam, we've taken an exceptional collective bounce from that general to the inspiration that there are unique, measurable gradations of innate skill that may be used to direct little ones to the correct school rooms, and adults to definitely the right task slots.

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Is characteristic of cognitive science as opposed to psychometrics. Another distinctive aspect of the cognitive science approach to these issues is a deep concern with the context-specificity of thinking and learning. To what extent do the subject matter. the context of performance and the context of learning itself determine the outcome. over and above the learner's individual characteristics? Instead of the static measurement of a particular trait or skill relative to the skills possessed by a norming sample.

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The thinking curriculum calls for recognition that all real learning involves thinking, that thinking ability can be nurtured and cultivated in everyone, and that the entire educational program must be Assessing the Thinking Curriculum 41 reconceived and revitalized so that thinking pervades students' lives beginning in kindergarten. The thinking curriculum does not imply that instruction in processes of reasoning should substitute for insistence on students acquiring substantial knowledge. Indeed, recent cognitive research teaches us to be highly respectful of knowledge as a requirement for good thinking.

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