Formative assessment strategies used to support group work

Christy Thomas* (Corresponding Author), Barbara Brown* (Corresponding Author), Education in the North

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    Formative assessment strategies used during the learning process can support students when working on group assignments and mitigate challenges often associated with group work. In this two-year design-based research study, we explored formative assessment strategies used during group work in one multi-sectioned course in an undergraduate program for pre-service teachers. Surveys were conducted during the term with students and instructors to find out what types of formative assessment strategies were being used by instructors to support group work. Interviews were also conducted at the end of the term to gain deeper insights about the features of formative assessment. Findings showed that instructors were using a range of formative assessment strategies to support group work that involved making provisions for ongoing and timely feedback, leveraging technology for communications and fostering collaborative learning. This study holds significance for researchers and instructors interested in utilizing formative assessment strategies to support students when working on group assignments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)134-155
    Number of pages22
    JournalEducation in the North
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2021


    • group work
    • formative assessment strategies
    • design-based research
    • collaborative learning


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