The automation of educational assessment in Nigeria: challenges and implications for pre-service teacher education

The automation of educational assessment in Nigeria: challenges and implications for pre-service teacher education

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The automation of educational assessment in Nigeria: challenges and implications for pre-service teacher education

The use of technology in educational assessment is relatively new in Nigeria. The achievements of Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) in the automation of public examinations which began with on-line checking of candidates examination centres, and later e-registration of candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), e-marking of the UTME and release of students examination results in a recordbreaking-time of one week, to actual conduct of e-examinations in designated centers is proof of the invaluable role of technology in tackling the numerous challenges of assessing students’, learning outcomes in Nigeria. But can technology alone transform assessment? What systemic reform is required for teacher education to respond to global trends and changes in classroom assessment practices? This paper examines the implications of automating the assessment of students’, learning on the curriculum standards, pedagogy and teacher professional development practices in Nigeria.

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