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Beyond the Tyranny of Testing: Relational Evaluation in Education

Kenneth J. Gergen and Scherto R. Gill


Practices of assessment in education are byproducts of a bygone era. When testing and grades become the very goals of education, learning suffers, along with the well-being of students and teachers. In this book, the authors propose a radical alternative to the measurement-based assessment tradition, a vision in which schools are no longer structured as factories but as sites of collective meaning-making. As it is within the process of relating that the world comes to be what it is for us, the authors draw from this process their understanding of what knowledge is and what is good and valuable ... More

Keywords: educational evaluation, relational process, radical alternative, pioneering schools, teachers professional development, school improvement, engagement in learning, co-created curricula, participatory pedagogy, collaborative learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth J. Gergen, author
Senior Research Professor, Swarthmore College

Scherto R. Gill, author
Senior Research Fellow, Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace