The performative turn in the assessment of student learning: A rights perspective

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Abstract

Active learning and group-based processes in higher education are central to student engagement strategies. Forms of assessment regarded as evidencing student engagement, including attendance, class participation grading and group-based projects, have become commonplace in the university curriculum on an international basis. Whilst the literature has focused on evaluating such forms of assessment in terms of learning gain, analysis of their impact from a student rights perspective has been largely overlooked. This paper will analyse student perspectives of three forms of assessment entailing the measurement of observable student attitudes and behaviour: attendance, class participation and group work grading. The evidence from a survey of undergraduates based in a Hong Kong university suggests that the majority of students are concerned about whether such practices are appropriate and fair, potentially undermining their freedom of choice to learn as adults. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-853
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Volume21
Issue number7
Early online dateMay 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Citation

Macfarlane, B. (2016). The performative turn in the assessment of student learning: A rights perspective. Teaching in Higher Education, 21(7), 839-853. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2016.1183623

Keywords

  • Student engagement
  • Student rights
  • Assessment
  • Performativity
  • Fairness

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