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How far can we aspire to consistency when assessing learning?

Davis, A.J. (2013) 'How far can we aspire to consistency when assessing learning?', Ethics and education., 8 (3). pp. 217-228.

Abstract

How far can consistent assessment capture all the worthwhile features of educational achievement? Are some important components of learning necessarily open to a range of potentially inconsistent judgments by different assessors? I argue for a cautiously affirmative answer to this question, drawing on analogies with aesthetic judgments and a rehearsal of the holistic characteristics of some assessment criteria. I also employ recent treatments of moral particularism and of concepts of incommensurability to oppose the drive for consistency in assessment required by a high stakes accountability regime.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Assessment, Learning, Reliability, Validity, Consistency, Aesthetic judgment, Incommensurable.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449642.2013.876788
Publisher statement:This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Davis, A.J. (2013) 'How far can we aspire to consistency when assessing learning?', Ethics and education., 8 (3). pp. 217-228] © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449642.2013.876788
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