Investigating dynamic assessment as a means of addressing the assessment dilemma of additional language learners

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dc.contributor.advisor Bouwer, A.C., 1946- en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Omidire, Margaret Funke en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T17:00:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-03 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T17:00:44Z
dc.date.created 2010-04-29 en
dc.date.issued 2010-05-03 en
dc.date.submitted 2010-05-01 en
dc.description Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2010. en
dc.description.abstract Using static forms of assessment with learners who have an additional language (AL) as the language of learning and assessment (LoLTA), especially those that have been identified and labelled low achievers, could do more harm than good. Many people neglect to take account of the complexity involved in learning a second language and often wonder why learners who have an AL as the LoLTA take so long to acquire it at the level of cognitive academic language proficiency. This study investigated the use of dynamic assessment (DA) as a method of assessing learners who have an AL as the LoLTA in mainstream education, focusing on Lagos, Nigeria, in the empirical research. The study looked at ways in which DA could contribute to a solution for the assessment of AL learners, specifically how DA influenced the assessment and performance of AL learners. The study, in addition, sought to establish how static assessment and DA affect the attitude of AL learners towards assessment and their own performance. Finally, the study explored avenues through which DA could be used without it becoming an undue advantage for AL learners. The research was a qualitative study within the interpretive paradigm that sought to understand the subjective experiences of AL learners with assessment. Within a multiple case study, it resembled action research. Eight participants from two schools in UBE 8 (Grade 8) took part in the study, which involved observation of the participants during continuous assessment (CA) cycles, with debriefing and language-related mediation of assessment skills thereafter, in the subjects Business Studies (BS) and Integrated Science (IS). The data collection covered four phases: three CA cycles and the examination of the first school term. Subsequent to Phase I, mediational assessment papers, a glossary and spelling list were used. The findings suggest that DA had a positive influence on the AL participants’ performance and affect during assessment, although to varying degrees. Individual learning potential and context appeared to play a crucial part. Once the participants’ individual challenges were apparent, mediation could be directed at providing appropriate strategies to bridge the gaps. Due to the severity of the AL challenge, some participants seemed to require focused learning support in the AL, as well as mediated assessment sustained over a longer period. DA seemed to effectively provide guidance and feedback to the participants and improved their attitude towards assessment as well as the emotions experienced during assessment. en
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dc.description.department Educational Psychology en
dc.identifier.citation Omidire, MF 2009, Investigating dynamic assessment as a means of addressing the assessment dilemma of additional language learners, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24267 > en
dc.identifier.other D10/277/ag en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05012010-164506/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24267
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2009 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject Language proficiency en
dc.subject Dynamic assessment en
dc.subject Curriculum-based dynamic assessment en
dc.subject Static assessment en
dc.subject Equity en
dc.subject Code switching en
dc.subject Mediation en
dc.subject Additional language en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title Investigating dynamic assessment as a means of addressing the assessment dilemma of additional language learners en
dc.type Thesis en


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