International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 215

Full Length Research Paper

Comparative investigation of alternative assessment methods used in Turkey and United States elementary 4th grade mathematics curriculum

Mehmet Demir
  • Mehmet Demir
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania‎, USA.
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Cynthia, A. Tananis
  • Cynthia, A. Tananis
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania‎, USA.
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UÄŸur BaÅŸboÄŸaoÄŸlu
  • UÄŸur BaÅŸboÄŸaoÄŸlu
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of Inonu, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 30 April 2018
  •  Accepted: 20 June 2018
  •  Published: 31 July 2018

Abstract

This study investigated the applicability of alternative assessment methods used in 4th grade mathematics curriculum in Turkey and the United States with the intent of implementing these methods more effectively in elementary schools. The sampling included six elementary schools with twelve teachers in Adıyaman in Turkey; four elementary schools with twelve teachers in Pittsburgh, PA in the U.S. Qualitative data were gathered through document examination semi-structured observation, and semi-structured interviews; they were analyzed qualitatively. Findings indicated a similarity in the foundational resources used in both mathematics curriculua. The observations revealed that although both groups of teachers professed using the assessment methods, teachers in the U.S. applied the methods in their classrooms, while teachers in Turkey did not. The interviews disclosed factors preventing the application of alternative methods, particularly among Turkish teachers, including time, the availability of other methods, and the enormous pressure to “teach to the test.”

 

Key words: Alternative assessment, mathematics, curriculum, elementary school.