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Towards a national assessment policy in Switzerland: Areas of conflict in the use of assessment instruments


Imlig, Flavian; Ender, Susanne (2018). Towards a national assessment policy in Switzerland: Areas of conflict in the use of assessment instruments. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 25(3):272-290.

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This article reveals three emerging areas of conflict in the use of educational assessment instruments in compulsory education in Switzerland and outlines an analytical approach for detecting and analysing these areas of conflict. The approach combines a conceptual perspective, an evaluation perspective and a teaching perspective to show the different backgrounds and expectations of actors on the governmental and school levels. We apply our analysis to three assessment instruments, currently in use in Switzerland, retracing a rudimentary timeline of Swiss educational assessment, with a focus on the German-speaking region of the country. Combining the three perspectives and positioning the analytical approach within the context of political and historical developments enables us to discuss both the reasons for the conflicts and possible ways to respond to them.

Abstract

This article reveals three emerging areas of conflict in the use of educational assessment instruments in compulsory education in Switzerland and outlines an analytical approach for detecting and analysing these areas of conflict. The approach combines a conceptual perspective, an evaluation perspective and a teaching perspective to show the different backgrounds and expectations of actors on the governmental and school levels. We apply our analysis to three assessment instruments, currently in use in Switzerland, retracing a rudimentary timeline of Swiss educational assessment, with a focus on the German-speaking region of the country. Combining the three perspectives and positioning the analytical approach within the context of political and historical developments enables us to discuss both the reasons for the conflicts and possible ways to respond to them.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Educational Evaluation
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education
Language:English
Date:4 May 2018
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 16:38
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 08:13
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0969-594X
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice on 2018, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0969594x.2017.1390439
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/0969594x.2017.1390439

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