ASSESSMENT LITERACY OF PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS IN DISTANCE MODE OF EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY ISLAMABAD
Keywords:Assessment Literacy; Assessment Standards; Distance Education; Learning Experiences; Prospective Teachers
Pre-service teacher education carries essential courses to prepare prospective teachers for effective classroom assessment practices. This study analyzes study material on students’ assessment. Further, the assessment literacy of prospective teachers was investigated which require close attention of policy makers and practitioners for authentic assessment in classrooms. A sequential triangulation research design using mix-method approaches have been used in the study. All distance education students studying in B.Ed. and M.Ed. programs at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad make the target population of the study. Through simple random sampling techniques, a sample of 344 prospective teachers and 18 teacher educators was formed the sample group. Results indicate that the study material satisfied the standards as stipulated in the National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan. However, the assessment literacy of prospective teachers was found unsatisfactory. Results revealed that students’ low motivation, low interaction between tutors and prospective teachers, and traditional approaches and beliefs were found to be the areas requiring urgent attention with regard to reforms in assessment. The presentation of study materials was found to be less engaging with no clearly specified road map for implementation in classrooms. Assessment practices by teacher educators included only summative approaches.
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