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Title: From policy to practice : the effect of teachers' educational beliefs and values on their interpretation of school-based assessment reform in primary schools in Malaysia
Author: Albert Jonglai, Stephania
ISNI:       0000 0004 6493 7433
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2017
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This study investigated the beliefs and practices of primary school English language teachers in eastern Malaysia with regards to the country’s School-Based Assessment (SBA) reform. The study also investigated the contextual factors affecting the teachers’ beliefs and practices, aiming to understand the effects of these beliefs on their practice of SBA in order to extend our understanding of teachers’ interpretations of SBA, the challenges influencing these interpretations and thus, what affects the implementation process. After preliminary interviews with seven teachers, the study selected three who had an understanding of and knowledge about SBA and examined their claims to be implementing it. The study conducted classroom observations and then, using post-observation interviews, explored the reasons behind the teachers’ practices. The teachers interpreted and implemented SBA using their pedagogical knowledge and beliefs and incorporating existing teaching–learning practices, and they showed awareness of the goals and aims of the SBA initiatives. However, contextual factors affected their implementation process, and thus, their practices deviated from some of the underlying principles and objectives of the SBA policy. The study pointed to a limited uptake of the SBA policy and provided evidence of the importance of studying both the teachers’ prior or existing beliefs about assessment and the contextual factors, to understand the motives behind the teachers’ actual assessment practices and their attitudes towards assessment reforms.
Supervisor: Pike, Mark ; Lamb, Martin Sponsor: Ministry of Education Malaysia
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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