[An-lang] University of Canberra TESOL Seminar series: assessment literacy in Indonesia

Siew.Tan Siew.Tan at canberra.edu.au
Sun Jul 19 23:53:16 UTC 2015

Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends in TESOL,

The next TESOL Seminar will be held on Thursday August 13 at 1.30 in 1C105 (near the Dean of Students Office). The presenters will be Maya Defianty and Didin Hidayat. Their title and abstract are below.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

An Insight into Teachers’ Assessment Literacy in Indonesia:
Challenges and Recommendations

Indonesia has made a giant leap by changing its national examination policy to become low stakes assessment; it is re-establishing schools or teachers’ authority to measure students’ competence.  Since assessment holds a crucial role in teaching and learning, thus, this shift is considered to be a potential means to improve education in Indonesia. However, are teachers ready to embrace this change? Being in a testing culture for decades has shaped teachers’ teaching practice to become ‘teaching to the test’, which in turn has decreased their assessment literacy. Despite its promise of improvement, the new policy of national examination may become counterproductive due to teachers’ lack of understanding of what constitutes sound assessment practices. Bearing the above concern in mind, it is urgent to assist teachers in this transition. We argue that the following can serve as potential recommendations in upgrading teachers’ assessment literacy in Indonesia: provide step by step guidelines, create sustainable teachers’ professional development programs, establish collaborations between teachers and lecturers, and design structured assessment training for teachers.

Associate Professor Kate Wilson,
Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra

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