Balancing Dilemmas in Assessment and Learning in Contemporary Education
Edited by Anton Havnes, Liz McDowell
Routledge – 2007 – 312 pages
Series: Routledge Research in Education
This book focuses on dilemmas inherent in the practice of assessment in the contemporary context. New forms of assessment are being introduced in all sectors of education and training, and the culture of assessment is shifting. The authors in this volume discuss the practice of assessment, reporting empirical research on modes of assessment within a variety of educational contexts, while also addressing conceptual and theoretical aspects of assessment. Though most publications on assessment do not go beyond one sector or phase of education and only consider assessment in one national context, this volume is cross-sectoral and international in scope. This groundbreaking book illustrates the conceptual and practical dilemmas of assessment and raises issues that are relevant and applicable across a variety of modes of assessment and across various contexts where assessment takes place.
Anton Havnes is an educational developer and Associate Professor at Centre for Educational Research and Development at Oslo University College. His main areas of research are learning in higher education and the workplace, as well as assessment in higher education.
Liz McDowell is an educational researcher, developer and teacher at Northumbria University, UK, a National Teaching Fellow and Director of a national Centre for Excellence in Assessment for Learning. Her research interests are in assessment and student experiences of learning. She has thirty publications on these topics over the past ten years.