ERIC Number: ED331870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Conversing, Testing, Questioning.
Fisher, William P., Jr.
Educational measurement is presented as integral to the process of entering into and guiding conversations in which teachers and students participate. A measurement model patterned on the playful, interactive back-and-forth motion of conversation could aid in overcoming problems in teacher-student interactions. According to H. G. Gadamer, conversation is an art of testing because the partners to a dialogue must establish common reference points and standards of comparison in order to communicate. Testing is an inherently circular and two-sided process; to know which questions are appropriate, the examiner has to have asked some questions. Educational measurement becomes conversational when it makes the articulation of the object of discourse and the negotiation of meaning the first task of measurement. The measurement models of G. Rasch and B. D. Wright allow the object of discourse to represent itself through the players involved. Measurement in this sense can be an important part of conversation between teachers and students. An 85-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conversation Theory; Rasch Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, March 16-20, 1990).