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Investigating technology teachers’ self-efficacy on assessment
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning, Teknikdidaktik.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8889-2562
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning, Teknikdidaktik.
KTH, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE), Learning, Teknikdidaktik.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6982-7116
2015 (English)In: International journal of technology and design education, ISSN 0957-7572, E-ISSN 1573-1804, Vol. 25, no 3, 321-337 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores possible differences in the views on assessment between two groups of teachers teaching technology in compulsory school: 1) teachers with subject-specific teacher training in technology education; and 2) teachers without such training. This topic is of particular interest because of the recent changes in the regulations that govern compulsory schools in Sweden, such that only certified teachers now will be permitted to teach and assign grades, despite the clear lack of certified teachers in technology education. The study is situated in two fields of interest—technology education and assessment. Both topics are highly relevant, especially in combination, because previous research on teachers’ assessment practices in technology is rare. In this study, the goal is to contribute to deepening the understanding of how subject-specific teacher training affects teachers’ ability to assess students’ knowledge while maintaining alignment with stated regulations. The results show significant difference between these two groups’ use of curriculum documents as the basis of their teaching and their self-efficacy in assessing student’s knowledge in technology. The results suggest interesting possibilities for curriculum alignment and indicate that the opportunities for student learning increase according to whether teachers are specifically trained in the subject. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Publishing Company, 2015. Vol. 25, no 3, 321-337 p.
Keyword [en]
Assessment, Certified teacher, Compulsory schooling, Self-efficacy, Teacher education, Teacher training, Technology education
Keyword [sv]
Bedömning, lärarutbildning, lärarlegitimation, utbildade lärare, självbild, grundskola, teknikundervisning
Keyword [no]
vurdering, lærer, lærerutdanning, teknologi utdanning
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-152549DOI: 10.1007/s10798-014-9285-9ISI: 000357342400002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84957975860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-152549DiVA: diva2:750426
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Updated from Accepted to Published. QC 20150707

Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Assidere Necesse Est: Necessities and complexities regarding teachers’ assessment practices in technology education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assidere Necesse Est: Necessities and complexities regarding teachers’ assessment practices in technology education
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on teachers’ assessment practices in primary and lower secondary schools for technology education (Sv. Teknik). It is grounded in my prior experience as a teacher but also addresses the national and international research fields of technology education and assessment.

The thesis is based on four papers covering different aspects of teachers’ assessment practices in technology. Its aim is to contribute to knowledge regarding how teachers use assessments in primary and lower secondary school. The thesis explores: teachers’ formal documenting practices; primary teachers’ minute-by-minute classroom assessment; teachers’ views on assessment and finally teachers’ statements and motives relating to criteria for success while assessing students’ e-portfolios.

The choice of methods varies, depending on the focus of each sub-study, including quantitative data, collected from official governmental databases, software-generated statistical data and questionnaires as well as qualitative methods such as observations and interviews.

Formal documents proved to be unsupportive for teachers’ assessment practices. Lack of instruction and deficiencies in design templates made these documents practically useless. The classroom study shows that the studied teachers have great ambitions for their pupils to succeed but lack collegial support concerning their assessment practices. Findings also show that teachers who are specifically trained in technology show higher self-efficacy regarding their assessment practices. Based on the results from the teachers' assessments of e-portfolios, it is concluded that there is consensus among the teachers to focus on the whole rather than on particular details in student’s work. The overall results strengthen the importance of designing activities and that students should be taught and not left to unreflective doing in technology.

Teachers’ assessment practices are complex. This thesis shows that teachers work with assessment in different ways. It is also shown that the educational environment is not supportive enough. Assessment is a necessity in the endeavour of bridging teaching and learning in technology, thus affordance for teachers’ assessment practices must be increased. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. 89 p.
Series
TRITA-ECE, 2015:2
Keyword
technology education, primary education, assessment, classroom assessment, formative assessment, assessment for learning, self-efficacy, e-portfolio, e-assessment, engineering education, STEM, teknikundervisning, teknikdidaktik, formativ bedömning, bedömning, grundskola, klassrumsbedömning, bedömning för lärande, betyg, vurdering, vurdering for laring
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-160092 (URN)978-91-7595-459-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-03-06, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20150216

Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-02-13 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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