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Beyond the Tyranny of TestingRelational Evaluation in Education$
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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 and Educational Transformation

Relational Evaluation and Educational Transformation

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Beyond the Tyranny of Testing

Kenneth J. Gergen

Scherto R. Gill

Oxford University Press

Practices of dialogue, collaboration, and participatory action appear with increasing frequency across the landscape of contemporary education. Of particular significance is their presence in emerging practices of curriculum design and pedagogy. In this chapter the authors first explore the close relationship of these developments to relational evaluation. Uniting relationally sensitive practices across these three domains would pave the way to a major transformation in education. Objections to practices of relational evaluation are then addressed, including such issues as time constraints, rigor, standards, and the need for gateways to higher education. Finally we touch on two major movements in cultural life on which the possibilities of educational transformation will depend. Impeding educational change are the creeping forces of market driven visions of organizational functioning. In contrast are the consequences of major innovations in information and communication technology. Here we find the unleashing of enormous learning potential. Such developments invite the full flourishing of a relational orientation to education.

Keywords:   pedagogy, curriculum, learning communities, accountability, national standards, neoliberalism, information and communication technology, cultural change

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