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ERIC Number: EJ810151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Researching Assessment as Social Practice: Implications for Research Methodology
Shay, Suellen
International Journal of Educational Research, v47 n3 p159-164 2008
Recent educational journals on both sides of the Atlantic have seen a resurgence of debate about the nature of educational research. As a contribution to these debates, this paper draws on theoretical and methodological "thinking tools" of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Specifically, the paper explores what Jenkins [Jenkins, R. (2002). "Pierre Bourdieu." London: Routledge and Falmer] refers to as Bourdieu's ''reflexive epistemological pluralism'' and its implications for research into higher education, with a particular focus on assessment as social practice. This particular theoretical and methodological understanding is used to critically reflect on a study conducted in 2005 on the impact of a policy on anonymous examination marking which was implemented at the University of Cape Town in 2004. The study collected both quantitative data of student examination performance pre- and post-policy implementation, as well as interviews with course conveners. The paper argues that when viewed interdependently the data offers insight into some of the ''principles of vision and division'' [Bourdieu, P. (1996). "The state nobility: Elite schools in the field of power." Cambridge: Polity Press] at work in assessors' judgment-making process. The assessors' deliberations expose ideological tensions between the dual challenges of equity and excellence in the context of a historically white liberal university under transformation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa