Social Sciences Teachers and Assessment for Learning in Grade Six


This study provides an overview of the emancipation of social sciences teachers towards planning assessment for learning in grade six selected primary schools in South Africa. The importance of planning assessment for quality teaching and learning cannot be overemphasised worldwide. In this qualitative case study, interpretive paradigm and the critical theory were employed. Convenient sampling technique was used to select ten (n=10) grade six social sciences teachers to participate in this case study. Semi-structured interviews and non-participatory observation were used to collect data which were later analysed through thematic analysis. Findings indicated that social sciences teachers shy away from planning assessment for learning and prefer assessment of learning. It is also discovered that the teaching approaches used by social science teachers do not promote the use of assessment for learning, but rather, assessment of learning. This study recommends the alternative teaching approaches that promote assessment for learning to enhance quality teaching and learning of social sciences in grade six learners.


Assessment, Social Science


Assessment and Evaluation


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Ailwei Solomon Mawela
    • Senor Lecturer, Curriculum and Instructional Studies , University of South Africa , South Africa Gauteng , South Africa
    • Dr. Ailwei Solomon Mawela is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies at the College of Education at UNISA. I supervise Masters and Doctoral students in the field of Environmental Education, Assessment in Education, ODeL, Open Education Resources, and Curriculum and Instructional. I serve in the following organisations:  (ISfTE) as an Executive Board Member, (WESSA) as a member, (BOBW) as a member, and also as an Executive Board memebrr of the 1st internationa Conference on teaching and learning using langauges. I am a Project LeadCr of a Community Engagement Project on " schools departmental heads and deputy principals as Curriculum and Instructional Leaders" in Gauteng Province, South Africa.