Affective Assessment

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A Critical Review of Hall, 2011, “Affective Assessment: The Missing Piece of the Educational Reform Puzzle”, The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin International Journal for Professional Educators, vol. 77, no 2, pp. 7-10. In her article “Affective Assessment: The Missing Piece of the Educational Reform Puzzle” Hall claims, that nowadays despite being aware of threedomains of learner behavior such as cognitive, affective and psychomotor, teachers still tend to focus mainly on cognitive domain, leaving the other two behind. She says, that teachers not only fail to assess students’ affective domain, but sometimes are unable to identify it, since very little attention is being paid to it. However, the author wants to emphasize, that the puzzle of just…show more content…
Therefore, it is usually observed, that primary school pupils, struggling to take part in classroom activities, turn to discouraged young adults, who aim to finish schooling as soon as possible. The author claims that the major reason for that is the lack of connection between their curriculum and real-life. Hall enabled us to expand readers’ knowledge in practical usage of this assessment type, providing reasonable clues. It is highlighted, that unlike ongoing assessment, which takes place before and after each unit or language item, affective assessment can take place at any time of the lesson, if teacher finds it appropriate. As she sees it, the educator will definitely see the beneficial changes in students’ behavior, academic success and performance. Moreover, Hall emphasizes, that affective assessment must not affect one’s grades or marks, as summative assessment does, but has to be used in order to encourage learners’ desire to learn, encourage them to immerse in language atmosphere, which could reflect their authentic…show more content…
However, she was able to provide a precise reason for that, saying that as it is still a good idea, since it concerns the issues of the whole class, but not individual students. In addition, she states, that however there is a vast amount of ready-made materials available, it would be better for a teacher to construct the test for his class on his own. There is also a very important issue to bear in mind. It is that it is crucial for a teacher not to ask too direct questions, so that students’ would not aim to reach expected or desirable results. The author could produce bright academic work, which is full of content. Moreover, it is well structured and it is easy to read it, however it is of academic language. As this topic is very topical question, it is highly recommended for Hall to provide some fields of this particular area for further research, which could be really helpful to people, having special interest to this
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