Free Public Lecture: Dr Dennis Alonzo

When:15 Nov 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Room 119 John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Dr Dennis Alonzo
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Student-centred teacher assessment professional learning: Integrating student assessment beliefs, attitudes and perspectives


Teacher assessment literacy is one of the most critical factors in improving student learning. To support teachers, there has been significant investment in professional learning tools focused on understanding assessment principles and improving effective practices and assessment tools that can be used by teachers to engage in self-reflection. But how much do we really understand teacher assessment literacy needs and what are the possible sources of information that can inform these needs?

This lecture will outline an empirically-driven teacher assessment for learning literacy tool that highlights new conceptualisations of teacher assessment literacy including new ways of categorising and describing teacher assessment practices. Dennis will argue that the use of this tool for teacher professional development should be underpinned by a student-centred approach where student assessment beliefs, attitudes, perspectives, perceptions, and learning needs are used as additional inputs to establish individual teacher’s assessment literacy needs. To support this argument, results of his two present studies will be presented: one that demonstrates the correlation between student perceptions of teacher assessment practices and their achievement; and another that explores students’ perspectives on how teachers could better support them in their learning, particularly through the use and content of feedback.

The lecture will conclude by presenting a framework for teacher assessment professional development that is informed by both teacher self-reflection and student assessment experiences.

Dennis AlonzoAbout Dr Dennis Alonzo

Dennis is a test and scale developer, program evaluator, curriculum designer, and applied statistician. His area of interest revolves around Assessment for Learning (AfL) particularly in supporting teachers to make highly contextualised, consistent, fair and trustworthy assessment decisions to effectively support student learning. He has been involved in a number of international and national research projects. He also researches on a broad range of topics including student IT experiences, blended and online learning, standards-based assessment, and learning analytics to help inform curriculum design, professional development and policy. He has received various scholarships from the Philippines and Australian governments and a public diplomacy scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea. He was a former Dean of Education of the University of Southeastern Philippines before joining UNSW.

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Completing this workshop will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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