Testing times: children's experiences of standardised assessment

Walls, Fiona (2009) Testing times: children's experiences of standardised assessment. The New Zealand Mathematics Magazine, 46 (3). pp. 12-24.

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Abstract

This article describes a study in which Year 7 children were invited to reflect on their engagement in standardised compulsory numeracy testing in Queensland, Australia. Their accounts reveal the strategic orientations children adopt to manage multiple pressures created by such tests. Although they regarded standardised tests as an unavoidable facet of schooling, the children told of how this pervasive social practice produced discomfort, eroded confidence and positioned children hierarchically as mathematical identities. As they contemplated changes that might both enhance the quality of information gathered by the test and improve their experience of 'being tested', the children provided evidence of how the test defined for them both mathematics and mathematical competence.

Item ID: 11334
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: mathematics education, sociology of education, subjectivity, gender in education
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ISSN: 0549-0510
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 01:52
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 100%
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