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By Ann Filer

Evaluate has develop into probably the most major components of curiosity in academic coverage improvement, in addition to the focal point of advanced political, monetary and cultural expectancies for swap. more and more, governments all over the world became acutely aware that curricula and academics should be ultimately managed via programmes of overview. rivals of centralized platforms of mass evaluation declare they're ill-suited to the varied and altering wishes of inexperienced persons and clients of evaluate. during this textual content, the united kingdom and US writers take the reader past the most obvious capabilities of evaluation, and concentration upon the jobs it plays within the social structuring of society. They study the myths and assumptions that underpin evaluation and trying out and draw awareness to its cultural context. This assortment is dedicated explicitly to socio-cultural reviews of evaluation and makes an attempt to map the terrain of a few 30 years of research within the box. Chapters are prepared thematically, with heritage textual content delivering comparative views, key matters and additional studying. The ebook presents a wide-ranging, established and available method of the learn of socio-cultural origins and affects of evaluate.

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While imposed assessment practices were once an affront to their values, professionalism and sense of self, they are increasingly seen as a taken for granted part of the job, with the achievement of ‘targets’ becoming a new vehicle for self-satisfaction and professional fulfilment. Whither Lifelong Learning? One interesting aspect of the performance discourse concerns whether it is consistent with the New Labour government’s other educational aims and policies. This may be examined in terms of two broad issues.

As Elliott (1996:76) suggests, contemporary assessment policies have played a central role in ‘changing the rules which shape educational thought and practice. ’ To the extent that such voices are silenced, however, the likelihood of developing the type of educational institution that is needed to foster ‘lifelong learning for all’ is correspondingly reduced. In this chapter we have presented data that begin to suggest that the growing ‘performance’ orientation of English primary schools may lead to a substantial number of learners who are put off the business of learning at a relatively young age by the experience of failure.

We can already see 22 Changing Discourse of Assessment Policy some of these tensions manifest in contemporary debates about discipline in schools, crime and moral decline and in a climate in which schools increasingly feel the need to exclude certain pupils and compete with their neighbours for others. This climate of competitiveness and social polarization is reflected in PACE evidence that points to teachers’ increasing concern about the performance and behaviour of children from particular social groups.

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