TESTING PRACTICES: A GENEALOGICAL APPROACH

Year: 1992

Author: Meadmore, Daphne

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Foucault's conception of 'history of the present' provides a methodology for analysing testing practices in schools. This genealogical approach seeks to explain how present ideas about testing practices have been shaped by a variety of piecemeal and contingent arrangements in local sites. By taking a different perspective from conventional history where events are presented as a continuous progress, the changes and tensions which have been part of the testing debate are mapped so that current initiatives e.g. national testing, can be better critiqued. The focus in this paper is on large scale testing practices in Queensland schools.

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