Menucha Birenbaum

Menucha Birenbaum

Tel Aviv University, Israel School of Education

Menucha Birenbaum – Professor Emeritus of Educational Assessment at Tel Aviv University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The foci of her current research are: (1) Formal and informal assessment for learning (AfL) and school-related contextual factors that facilitate its successful implementation; (2) Learning environments that promote self-regulated learning; and (3) Large-scale diagnostic assessment.

Professor Birenbaum is a member of steering and methodological committees on classroom assessment and large-scale assessment in Israel and a member of international expert groups in assessment.

  REASONS I’M A MEMBER OF THE TEAM:

Over three decades of research on student assessment, in particular on formative assessment that promotes self-regulated learning and on contextual factors that affect the implementation of such assessment.

  CURRENT FOCUS:

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TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
Assessment Culture and AfL Mindset

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A common criticism about AfL is that it is enacted in ways that conform only to its ‘letter’ rather than embracing its ‘spirit’ (Marshall & Drummond, 2006) thus preventing AfL from fulfilling its potential to advance learning. The presentation will address this issue by focusing on the assessment culture (AC) in school and the mindset that it reflects. A complex-systems framework will be adopted to conceptualize the AC highlighting two complex systems that are nested in the AC system, namely classroom learning and teacher professional learning, and pointing to recursive interactions among the three systems whereby they influence each other in a co-evolutionary process. The nature of AC and the mindset it reflects will be then depicted. Finally consequences with regard to school locus of control, regulation and adaptation to external demands (accountability) will be addressed.

  TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY WORK:

http://education.tau.ac.il/manage.asp?siteID=42&lang=1&pageID=3381

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0191491X/37/1

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191491X10000027

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0191491X/33/1

  More Resources:

Citation – Please refer to information and materials available on this website, in this way:

Citation:
Fifth International Symposium on Assessment for Learning (April, 2014).
     Website International Symposium on Classroom Assessment.
     Accessed at: http://assessment4learning.com/

 

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