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ERIC Number: EJ982452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
The Individual Education Plan: A Gendered Assessment Practice?
Hirsh, Asa
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v19 n4 p469-485 2012
The focus of this study is gendered differences and similarities in the distribution of individual education plan (IEP) targets given to pupils in Swedish schools. IEP writing is seen as part of teachers' formal assessment practice. Through qualitative content analysis of data, two main target types emerged: "learning targets," related to school subject learning; and "being targets," related to personality, behaviour and attitude. Whilst the distribution of learning targets in the different sub-categories was similar for boys and girls, clear differences were found in the distribution of different types of being targets. Possible reasons for the gendered distribution of being targets are discussed from a "doing-gender" perspective. In addition, the paper discusses what is actually assessed in IEPs, whether there is a relation between the "ideal pupil" and gender and whether the strong focus on being aspects detracts from focus on learning aspects. (Contains 8 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden