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To grade or not to grade: an analysis of assessment debates in Swedish media 1980 – 2014
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8173-7474
Linköping university, Linköping, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: NERA 2015, 2015, 85-85 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish assessment culture has emerged in the meeting between the educational, scientific, bureaucratic and political needs and traditions. In this study we approach the assessment culture from the perspective of media debates, particularly focusing on daily newspapers. The aim is to understand the stakes that appear around educational assessment in public debate, hopes, fears and controversies, and to analyze this from the perspective of on the one hand the history of Swedish assessment culture, on the other a discursive perspective: what can and can not be said and what might the consequences/dangers of certain discourses be? Preliminary results show that grades and grading systems has dominated the debate while test and testing culture for a long time played a minor role, something that is beginning to change. However, even though grades have been in the center, the way grades have been discussed have changed. We argue that the educational assessment debate has become more inward-looking through the introduction of criterion referenced grading, not unlikely correlating to the regime of accountability policies dominating schooling in many countries. From the perspective of grades being “the basic currency” of education (perhaps challenged by school choice lately), we ask whether we can find topics concerning social justice in today’s assessment debate. We also suggest ways of recontextualizing the debate around grades and tests. Why does for example the grading seem to be such a polarized topic in Swedish debated relative the international debate about assessment matters?

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2015. 85-85 p.
Keyword [sv]
Betyg, utbildningspoltiik
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43406DiVA: diva2:793281
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NERA 2015, the 43rd Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, Gothenburg, Sweden, March 4-6, 2015
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2016-02-11Bibliographically approved

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