Dynamic Assessment (DA) reconceptualizes classroom interactions by arguing that teaching and assessment should t be distinct undertakings. This book offers a much-needed coherent framework for co-constructing a ZPD with learners in order to simultaneously reveal the full range of their abilities and promote development. DA has a long history in education but it is new to the L2 field. This book provides the first book-length treatment of DA in the language classroom.
Matthew E. Poehner received his PhD in French with a specialization in Applied Linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include processes of second language development, classroom-based assessment, and the relationship between assessment and teaching practices. He is especially interested in exploring the use of L.S. Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Mind as a theoretical perspective on second language learning as well as a basis for innovations in language instruction and assessment. His current work focuses on developing Dynamic Assessment procedures for use in second language contexts.