ICCS2004 Application Submission/Review

Abstract for
"Towards More Generative Evaluation, Research and Assessment (ERA) in Education"

Building on work conducted under an NSF Research Grant in Constructive Assessment. and a subsequent NSF Creativity Award, this paper advocates the application of a complex dynamic systems approach in education. The approach was developed as a result of research conducted on field practice and on transdisciplinary theoretical issues over a period of ten years. The Generative ERA Project acknowledges the complexity of the evaluation, research and assessment functions in education by a) exploring systemic patterns which have emerged across these common, necessary topics: Information, Decision-making, Expectations, Uncertainties, Questions, Validities, and b) generating possible systemic patterns which can be used to improve design in education.