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ERIC Number: EJ1074623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
The Neglected Situation: Assessment Performance and Interaction in Context
Maddox, Bryan
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v22 n4 p427-443 2015
Informed by Goffman's influential essay on "The neglected situation" this paper examines the contextual and interactive dimensions of performance in large-scale educational assessments. The paper applies Goffman's participation framework and associated theory in linguistic anthropology to examine how testing situations are framed and enacted as social occasions. It considers assessment as a shared focus of social activity, located in time and space, involving an assemblage of artefacts and actors. The paper presents ethnographic examples of adult literacy and numeracy assessment in Mongolia. The first part provides ethnographic description of a testing situation. The second part looks in detail at how linguistic interaction influences assessment performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mongolia
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