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The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent the understanding of assessment adopted in the renewed Primary Education 4th and 5th grade Science and Technology Curriculum is reflected in textbooks – student course books, student workbooks and teachers’ books- prepared by the related publishers and approved for use by the Turkish Republic of Ministry of National Education. The research is a qualitative study based on a document analysis. The analysis in the curriculum revealed that the understanding of assessment of the curriculum focused on “diversity in measurement techniques”, “multi-purpose use of measurement results” and “continuity in measurement practices and process evaluation”. In this context, the analysis of the textbooks revealed that i) the understanding of assessment adopted in the curriculum is not completely reflected in the related textbooks in terms of “diversity in measurement techniques” and “multi-purpose use of measurement results” while ii) it is reflected in the textbooks in terms of “continuity of measurement practices and process evaluation”. The importance of the findings was discussed with regard to assessment practices required by the curriculum and some suggestions were put forward for possible solutions of the determined problems.

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