VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

Font Size: 
Fairness in a Constructivist Classroom: A Review of the Literature
Thanh Nhan Le

Building: A12
Room: Room 304
Date: 2018-10-12 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


Fairness is seen as an essential part of testing, especially when test results are used for summative purposes and thus are highstakes for students, teachers, and/or school administrators. However, in a constructivist classroom, where assessment rather than testing is preferable, fairness takes new meanings. This review will be carried out to see what fairness means when it is seen from different perspectives, especially from the constructivist view of instruction. The literature on fairness in testing and assessment will be reviewed to see what fairness is meant from different perspectives. Also, the literature on the constructivist view of teaching and learning will be reviewed in order to identify the main characteristics of a constructivist classroom and how fairness is defined in such a classroom. In order to achieve this aim, the author will synthesize other writers’ views on fairness in education and on the main features of the constructivist classroom. Conclusions about different views of fairness will be drawn. Implications on fairness for teachers and school administrators will be presented.


Fairness, testing, assessment, constructivist, culture