The purpose of this presentation is to address predicaments, which come into existence in the meeting between group work and assessment.
In compulsory education there seems to be a dilemma between the request for individual assessment of student’s knowledge and abilities in addition to the demand of teaching collaboration abilities through group work. Knowledge and difficulties relating to assessment of group work are relevant factors when organising it. Accordingly, teachers often ask for more knowledge concerning methods for assessment in group work. What, when and how assessment ought to be done and on which level (individual and/or group) are questions often brought up by teachers. A review of previous research confirms that this is a neglected research area. Therefore, a need for more attention is justified.
In the empirical study we have applied a grounded theory methodology and data have been assembled by means of group interviews. The informants were teachers, from forms 5-9 inthe nine-year compulsory school, from three schools inSweden.
The results elucidate some of the teachers’ problems concerning assessment in group work as well as some pedagogical implications based on empirical findings. In other words, this presentation summarises the current state of our knowledge in this area and elucidates an urgent and basic question in the pedagogical practice that may generate knowledge of importance for teachers professional practising and further development.