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Cultivating the myopic learner: the shared project of high and low-stakes assessment

Allen, A. (2012) Cultivating the myopic learner: the shared project of high and low-stakes assessment. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33 (5). pp. 641-659. ISSN 0142-5692


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This paper argues that despite the obvious and important differences between high and low-stakes assessment, there remain important points in common. These manifest themselves at a sociological level, where each tradition of assessment shares a similar disposition towards power. It is argued that both high and low-stakes assessment as they are practised in England today, act together in support of a wider regime of power. This regime relies upon the construction of specialised subjectivities, defined by a myopic and self-perpetuating concern with individual progression.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in British Journal of Sociology of Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy
Keywords: Assessment, biopower, disciplinary power, process
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Ansgar Allen
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 16:14
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 22:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.668832
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/01425692.2012.668832
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43705

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