Teachers’ Perceptions About Assessment

Competing Narratives

Authored by: Sarah M. Bonner

Handbook of Human and Social Conditions in Assessment

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138811539
eBook ISBN: 9781315749136
Adobe ISBN: 9781317608189


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I engaged in the task of writing this chapter expecting to find in the literature on teacher perceptions about assessment at best a tale of disorder, at worst a uniform negativity. Any student who has mastered introductory statistics can tell you that with these expectations, I felt a sense of dread. If teacher perceptions are essentially disorderly and unpredictable, they have no explanatory power; this is also true if they are invariant, whether at the negative or positive end of the spectrum.

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