Bridging the educational research-teaching practice gap

The power of assessment

Authors

  • Trevor R. Anderson

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    1. Science Education Research Group (SERG), School of Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
    • Science Education Research Group (SERG), School of Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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  • The National Research Foundation (NRF) is acknowledged for the financial support (GUN Number 2053218) of this work.

Abstract

Student assessment, in all its forms, is central to the educational process. In this paper in the series, “Bridging the Gap”, I describe how assessment can be used as a powerful instrument for influencing how and what students learn and how and what instructors teach in a manner that is conducive to educationally sound curriculum change and improvement. In this way assessment is seen as a useful strategy for colleagues interested in bridging the gap between educational research and its application in teaching practice.

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