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Reframing assessment research: through a practice perspective

Boud, David, Dawson, Phillip, Bearman, Margaret, Bennett, Sue, Joughin, Gordon and Molloy, Elizabeth 2016, Reframing assessment research: through a practice perspective, Studies in higher education, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1202913.

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Title Reframing assessment research: through a practice perspective
Author(s) Boud, DavidORCID iD for Boud, David orcid.org/0000-0002-6883-2722
Dawson, PhillipORCID iD for Dawson, Phillip orcid.org/0000-0002-4513-8287
Bearman, Margaret
Bennett, Sue
Joughin, Gordon
Molloy, Elizabeth
Journal name Studies in higher education
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0307-5079
1470-174X
Keyword(s) student assessment
assessment research
practice theory
exemplar
assessment decision-making
Summary Assessment as a field of investigation has been influenced by a limited number of perspectives. These have focused assessment research in particular ways that have emphasised measurement, or student learning or institutional policies. The aim of this paper is to view the phenomenon of assessment from a practice perspective drawing upon ideas from practice theory. Such a view places assessment practices as central. This perspective is illustrated using data from an empirical study of assessment decision-making and uses as an exemplar the identified practice of ‘bringing a new assessment task into being’. It is suggested that a practice perspective can position assessment as integral to curriculum practices and end separations of assessment from teaching and learning. It enables research on assessment to de-centre measurement and take account of the wider range of people, phenomena and things that constitute it.
Notes In press
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03075079.2016.1202913
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130103 Higher Education
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Society for Research into Higher Education
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