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ERIC Number: ED426330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-17
Pages: 9
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Assessing Diverse Populations.
Lee, Courtland C.
This keynote address begins with examples that underscore how profoundly the issues of multiculturalism and diversity impact the consciousness of society at the end of the 20th century. Changes in assessment that can lead to assessment for change in a culturally diverse society are based on the ideas that "assessment as a process must be considered within a cultural context," and "the basis for understanding the cultural context is the concept of the worldview." Because of differences in aspects of worldviews such as language, people present their personalities, cognitive abilities, interests and other psychoeducational constructs differently. Examples from two different people's lives are given to illustrate the dynamics of language, kinship, religion/spirituality, roles and status, sex role socialization, learning style, and attitudinal orientation, and to illustrate environmental factors such as racism, sexism, economic disadvantage at work in their lives. Failure to take such dynamics into account could impact the assessment process and the interpretation of assessment information. Seven changes in assessment are proposed if assessment is to be used for change. (EMK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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