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ALTERIDAD.Revista de Educación

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MELLADO-MORENO, Pedro César; SANCHEZ-ANTOLIN, Pablo  and  BLANCO-GARCIA, Montserrat. Trends in formative and summative student assessment in Web of Sciences. Alteridad [online]. 2021, vol.16, n.2, pp.170-183. ISSN 1390-8642.

A professional point of view about student’s assessment requires to think about a conventional method of assessment, which has remained the exams and tests conducted on pen and paper base as the main reference to assessing and qualifying the knowledge of students. In recent decades, has emerge alternatives to this model on educational research at the strategical, technical, temporal, and instrumental level. The objective of the study is to know the scientific production of the formative assessment research, related with a social and complex assessment model, in front of a summative assessment research, related with an operational and individual assessment model. To achieve the objective, the investigation uses a mixed methodology of quantitative and qualitative analysis of the scientific literature about formative and summative assessment on the last decade, comparing their principal bibliometrics indices and using for that the Web of Science scientific data base. The results show a substantial difference on the number of investigations between formative and summative evaluation, a prevalent of the investigations of English-speaking countries and a relation between the scientific production on evaluation with other research fields. Conclusions of this article confirms the student’s assessment as an object of research with a long historical overview on developed countries, but still remains to be a current interesting field with a relevant technology transfer to the rest of research areas.

Keywords : Educational assessment; examinations; teaching methods; systematic review; bibliometrics; education.

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