Narrative assessment: a guide for teachers

A resource to support the New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars
for Learners with Special Education Needs

This guide presents the central ideas behind the use of narrative assessment within a classroom context and provides examples of how the teachers, students, and parents/whānau involved in the project have worked with narrative to support assessment for learning.

The guide and the associated exemplars offer an approach to narrative assessment adapted from the work of Margaret Carr (1998a and 1998b) on learning stories .

The guide to narrative assessment describes how the exemplars are structured and identifies what teachers should look for in them. It also outlines how to:

  • use learning stories in classroom settings;
  • begin to write learning stories;
  • analyse learning stories to illustrate learning over time.
Click here to download a pdf version of this Guide (2.2mb)