ERIC Number: EJ718840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 75
Assessment Policy and Practice in Higher Education: Purpose, Standards and Equity
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, v30 n3 p307-324 Jun 2005
This paper places a discussion of assessment in higher education (HE) in the UK within the wider policy context. It argues for a critical sociological analysis to consider some of the issues, themes and debates in relation to assessment in HE at this time. Recent trends in assessment policy and practice are discussed, alongside a consideration of the purposes of assessment. It examines the moral panic around standards, especially in the context of widening participation, and moves on to discuss concerns of equity in relation to assessment. Issues of identity and power relations are central to these debates, and the paper concludes with a plea for social justice, rather than selectivity and inequality, to be prioritized.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Justice, Student Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Standards, Power Structure, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom