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Thursday, 16 February 2017

CPUT launches project to improve learning in schools

CPUT in partnership with Tshwane University of Technology, the Aga Khan University (Tanzania) and Oxford University has launched a project that uses assessment to improve teaching and learning in schools.

Funded by the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Assessment for Learning in Africa (AfLA) project aims to provide equitable opportunities for deeper and sustainable teaching and learning in the Foundation Phase through supporting teachers in their assessment practices.

The purpose of the AfLA project is to enhance and support teachers’ use of classroom assessment for learning to improve the learning and teaching of numeracy in the Foundation Phase in disadvantaged schools.

The project will be piloted over a period of two years in the following primary schools in the Cape Winelands Education District: Amstelhof, Alfons, Langabuya, Dalubuhle, Nieuwe Drift and Nederburg.

Addressing a seminar during the recent launch on the Mowbray Campus, Director of CPUT’s Centre for International Teacher Education, Professor Yusuf Sayed, said that a collegial partnership was formed between the district office and CPUT and that all affected stakeholders are looking forward to the collaboration.

Sayed stated that this is one of the times where researchers are implementing a program based on research and which they hope to learn more about.

Professors Therese Hopfenbeck (Oxford University) and Gordon Stobart (University of London) addressed the seminar on the international dimension of AfLA and international perspectives on assessment, respectively.

Tshwane University of Technology’s Professor Anil Kanjee said the project builds on research about the crucial role assessment plays in learning.

Dr Brian Wilson, Head of Curriculum Co-ordination in the Cape Winelands Education District, stressed the need to progress from ‘assessment of learning’ to ‘assessment for learning’ to ultimately ‘assessment as learning’.

Written by Kwanele Butana


Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.