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Kenneth J. Gergen and Scherto R. Gill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190872762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190872762.001.0001

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Relational Evaluation in Secondary Education

Relational Evaluation in Secondary Education

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Beyond the Tyranny of Testing

Kenneth J. Gergen

Scherto R. Gill

Oxford University Press

Relationships are of paramount importance for adolescents whose lives are undergoing changes in many dimensions. With appropriate support and care grounded in relational processes, young people can more readily overcome disaffection and apathy. In this chapter, the authors place special emphasis on the quality of interaction and exchange among students and between students and teachers, especially when exploring and reflecting on their experiences and processes of learning. Carefully facilitated dialogic and collaborative approaches in the classroom can provide meaningful feedback on the learning tasks as well as help sustain students’ engagement in learning. Other practices such as portfolio work, learning agreements, journaling, and personal records can further nurture students’ capacity to reflect on learning, including self-evaluation and co-evaluation with peers. Likewise, learning groups and collaborative projects are excellent illustrations of how a relational orientation to evaluation can enrich students’ potential to build positive relations with others and with learning.

Keywords:   collaboration, peer-evaluation, learning journal, learning agreement, learning group, portfolio work, adolescence

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