Learning to Assess School Mathematics: Context, Multimedia and Transfer

Jan Herrington, Anthony Herrington, Len Sparrow


The study set out to explore the use of a multimedia program on assessment
strategies within a preservice teacher mathematics method unit, and to investigate
the extent of transfer to classroom practice. A multimedia program was designed to
incorporate characteristics of ‘situated’ learning environments. Preservice teachers
used the program in their mathematics method classes, and they and their
supervising teachers were interviewed regarding their use of assessment strategies
while on professional practice. Results show that all students used a variety of
assessment strategies, and according to the beliefs of the students themselves, were
influenced in their use of strategies by the multimedia learning environment.


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