The status and quality of continuous assessment in junior secondary science in Ghana

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Doctor of Philosophy


School of Education


Faculty of Education and Arts


Continuous assessment is a major national curriculum innovation in Ghana but has been subject to limited research. Current literature has shown that diagnostic and formative assessments which can be purposes for continuous assessment are powerful in improving student learning and learning outcomes. This study sampled 158 junior secondary science teachers in two education districts in Ghana and surveyed them to determine the status, purpose and quality of continuous assessment in junior secondary science. Interviews with students, teacher educators and education officers, and students' focus group meetings were used to corroborate findings from the teacher survey. A professional learning intervention was then trialled with 97 of the teachers from one education district to improve their assessment practice. Thc intervention comprised an initial one-day workshop followed by school visits by the Researcher to support teachers implement new practices and a further one-day workshop.

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