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ERIC Number: EJ1062684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Assessment for Whom: Repositioning Higher Education Assessment as an Ethical and Value-Focused Social Practice
Wall, Andrew F.; Hursh, David; Rodgers, Joseph W., III
Research & Practice in Assessment, v9 p5-17 Sum 2014
It is often argued that as "consumers" of higher education, students, parents and leaders need objective, comparative information generated through systematized assessment. In response, we critique this trend toward reductionist, comparative, and ostensibly objective assessments in the United States. We describe how management has replaced democratic selfgovernance in higher education, and connect current managerial leadership with the use of assessment as a tool in furthering market based educational aims. Lastly, we provide an alternative view of assessment as an ethical, value concerned social practice that creates space for dialogue about how higher education contributes to learning toward the public good.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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