Researching assessment cultures, re-searching ourselves

Speedy, Jane; Winter, Jan; Broadfoot, Patricia; Thomas, Judith and Cooper, Barry (2003). Researching assessment cultures, re-searching ourselves. In: Sutherland, Rosamund; Claxton, Guy and Pollard, Andrew eds. Learning and Teaching Where Worldviews Meet. Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Trentham Books, pp. 255–271.



At the start of the 21st century, assessment is a hotly contested territory. The normalizing gaze of some kind of assessment practice infiltrates virtually all aspects of our lives from the proliferation of school examinations to quality assurance procedures in professional practice, and the relentless quest for the evaluation of standards in our health and social care services. We live in a measurement culture, but this exists alongside other cultures of assessment wherein participative, restorative, formative, diagnostic and intuitive assessment ideas and practices are equally if not more valued.

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