ERIC Number: EJ1103939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Whose Knowledge Counts in International Student Assessments: Examining the AHELO Epistemic Community of Economics Experts
Nguyen, David J.
Tertiary Education and Management, v22 n2 p121-133 2016
International student assessments have become the "lifeblood" of the accountability movement in educational policy contexts. Drawing upon Stuart Hall's concept of representation, I critically examined who comprises epistemic communities responsible for developing the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes economics strand. Through my analysis, I identify homogeneity among test-makers, missing voices, and western concepts as represented ideas that become fixed and circulated through policy channels. In an era of accountability and comparison, comparative international student assessments are becoming increasingly normative in educational settings. As scholars, policymakers, and educators use these test results, we must critically examine "who" is responsible for producing these tests.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Foreign Students, Epistemology, Expertise, Evaluation, Higher Education, Accountability, Outcomes of Education, Comparative Analysis, Test Results, International Organizations, Governance, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students, Concept Mapping, Scholarship, Role, Power Structure, Educational Objectives, Economics, Policy Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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