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ERIC Number: EJ1197715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Hacking the Visual Arts edTPA: Undergoing Scientific Management, Performativity, and Standardization of Language Games in Performance Assessment
Holland, Kristopher J.; Sheth, Nandita Baxi
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v59 n4 p328-348 2018
In this article, we investigate the Visual Arts Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) while integrating aspects of philosopher Jean-Fran├žois Lyotard's thought in order to bring to light implicit assumptions made by the test. We expose disconnections between a mission for art education to create teachers as inquirers and the type of teacher education sought and assessed by the edTPA. We concentrate on examining three areas of the test that create implicit directives for artist-educators to accomplish as they learn to become state-certified teachers; and we suggest ways to hack--or successfully perform the tasks--while simultaneously understanding the structural bias of the exam. Finally, we suggest, following Elliot Eisner, that visual arts education as a discourse must assert its commitment to assessment without measurement and move beyond performance assessments as major criteria for teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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