ISJ October 2019: An inquiry into drama teacher perceptions of the extent to which their practices are shaped by different forms of assessment – using as a specific case study MYP pedagogy and the IB MYP Arts e-assessment.
The Partially Completed Unit Planner (PCUP) and e-portfolio were introduced by the International Baccalaureate in 2014 as an externally assessed summative task for the Arts in the Middle Years Programme. The PCUP provides teachers with a ‘top and tailed’ unit plan, leaving them agency to plan for teaching and learning as best befits their context, but providing all schools with a consistent set of enduring understandings as well as a standardised set of expectations for students to show evidence of their learning. One of the stated purposes of this mandated task was to drive a wash back effect and improve the standards of MYP pedagogy in classrooms. Between 2015 and 2018,
I researched and investigated teacher perceptions of the wash back effect in their practices of the IB MYP Drama assessment.