ACSA Webinars
Term 3

Phillip Poulton, Sessional Academic Tutor/PhD Candidate, Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Teacher agency in curriculum reform: the role of teachers' assessment literacy

Tuesday 27 July 2021 7-8pm AEST

Phillip Poulton

In this session, Phillip draws on a recent case study of an Australian, state-funded primary school engaging in a school-based curriculum reform effort. From a teacher-researcher perspective, he explores primary teachers' reported experiences of agency in this curriculum reform context. In this session, Phillip focuses on the constraining influence of top-down, system developed assessment tasks on teacher' agency, and considers how strengthening teachers' assessment literacy may help to enhance teachers' agency in future curriculum reforms. He considers the implications of these findings for teachers, school leaders and government authorities. Phillip advocates for support from school leaders, and more in-school professional development opportunities, to help strengthen teachers' assessment literacy so that teachers can exercise greater agency in their curriculum and assessment work.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
5.1 Assess student learning
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Why should you attend?
This session draws on a teacher-researcher perspective that advocates the need for teachers to exercise greater levels of agency in curriculum and assessment. In doing so, it hopes to promote discussion on how teachers can push-back on continuing standardisation of teachers' practices and the use of system developed curriculum materials in classrooms.

What will you learn?
This session hopes to support your understanding of the potential enablers and constraints to teachers' agency in curriculum and assessment practices. It aims to share practical implications for teachers, school leaders and government authorities to consider so that teachers' assessment literacy is enhances, and agency promoted.  

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