Reconstructing Perspectives on Assessment: Upper Secondary School Physics and Mathematics in Western Australia

Year: 1993

Author: Parker, Lesley H., Rennie, Leonie J.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper reports research on assessment in the context of recent major reforms of the upper secondary school (Years 11 and 12) physics and mathematics curricula in Western Australia. The purpose of the research was to investigate teachers' assessment practices in the first years of the implementation of the reformed curricula. The particular focus of this paper is on the ways in which, and the extent to which, teachers reconstructed their perspectives on assessment to make their assessment practices congruent with the reforms. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the apparent barriers to such reconstruction, and some of the ways in which these barriers might be addressed.