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By Andrew Davis, Christopher Winch, Gerard Lum

What function does academic review serve? Are a similar tools appropriate for various reasons? How a lot belief do we position upon the results of academic review?

The topic of academic evaluation is way mentioned and masses misunderstood. Policymakers assert its significance to caliber in schooling and its crucial position in making sure responsibility for public schooling, and the result of academic evaluate are regarded as of such very important curiosity to society that they're usually made public wisdom.

This approachable textual content explores the philosophical concerns underlying those debates and the way they influence on public academic coverage. major educators famous for his or her paintings on academic evaluation supply diversified views at the price of assessments and checks for a flourishing procedure of schooling, whereas the editor, Gerard Lum, reviews at the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments.

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186)). 38 Educational Assessment on Trial Some of the points just made are illuminated by the following activity, which I have tried with many groups of students and educational professionals at all levels over the last few years. Small groups are asked to write criteria which would enable ‘markers’ to grade apples on the four-point scale VERY GOOD APPLE, GOOD APPLE, SOUND APPLE WITH SOME WEAKNESSES AND FAILING APPLE. They invariably engage with the task enthusiastically in the first instance. Nevertheless, it is generally not long before they begin to look at me accusingly.

Any belief to the contrary rests on types of convictions about transfer and appeals to fictitious mental traits so comprehensively criticized earlier. Let me sum up the argument so far. We imagined what strategies might be devised to counter the traditional ‘teaching to the test problem’. We saw that one obvious ploy, namely a task variation policy, would introduce an element of luck into the proceedings. If test results continue to be used to judge the effectiveness of teachers and schools in a high-stakes fashion, this chance component seems unfair and unethical, even if it only affects a small proportion of those concerned.

The day would dawn when virtually any problem that involves addition regardless of format, presentation or context would be solved successfully by the pupils. Or so we might be told. Assessment and Accountability 33 However, we have already seen some of the challenges posed by notions of similarity. We often cannot enjoy a high degree of confidence about the ‘kinds’ of things students can do. This is true even of a simple operation such as addition. Any belief to the contrary rests on types of convictions about transfer and appeals to fictitious mental traits so comprehensively criticized earlier.

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