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Assessment in Practice explores timely and important questions in relation to assessment. By examining the relationship between identity, culture, policy and inclusion, the book investigates the conflicted and fractured battleground of assessment, and challenges current and practiced understandings of assessment practice.
The authors encourage the reader to reconceptualise assessment as a sociocultural practice. Each chapter studies a key theme in the understanding of assessment policy and practice from a sociocultural perspective and provides questions to prompt reflection on the key assessment concepts outlined in the book. Using culture as both a lens and analytic tool, the chapters examine topics such as
Written by leading academics from University College Cork, the third volume in the successful Routledge Current Debates in Educational Psychology series is an essential read for researchers and postgraduate students in educational research and education psychology.
Introduction: Examining the Social Order of Assessment: Towards a sociocultural understanding of assessment policy and practice Chapter One: Setting the Boundaries in Assessment: Intersections of identity and value in personal spaces Chapter Two: Assessment as Public Practice: International aspects of assessment and accountability Chapter Three: Cultural Scripts of Assessment for Practice: Predictability, outcomes and life chances Chapter Four: Junior Cycle Reform: The negotiated nature of assessment policy in Ireland Chapter Five: Perspectives on social justice and assessment: Testing, social class and opportunity to learn Chapter Six: The Assessment of Pupils with Special Educational Needs: Giving effect to the principles of inclusivity in practice Conclusion: Disrupting normative thinking on assessment: New worlds and words for assessment