Open seminar: "Instrumental and professional governing: Epistemological premises of instrumental and communicative use of assessment criteria and standards in education"

In this seminar Sverre Tveit presents his paper "Instrumental and professional governing: Epistemological premises of instrumental and communicative use of assessment criteria and standards in education".  The paper will be commented by Prof. Tone Kvernbekk.

Photo: Humanity Studies in Pedagogy (HumStud)

Program

16.15 Short intro by Profesor Torill Strand, Department of Education

16.20 Sverre Tveit on “Instrumental and professional governing: Epistemological premises of instrumental and communicative use of assessment criteria and standards in education".

17.00 Comments by Professor Tone Kvernbekk, Department of Education

17.15 - 18.00 Debate

The seminar will be followed by a casual reception in which we share some wine, meze and friendly conversations.

Abstract

The paper is part of the theory section of the extended abstract of the PhD study Assessment and Selection in the Scandinavian Education Systems (ASSESS). Through an explorative design the study investigates purposes of educational assessment in relation to policy legitimation. Three broad classifications of purposes of educational assessment – certifying, governing and supporting student learning – are identified, providing a framework for discussing national states’ legitimation of national assessment instruments. Instrumental governing is proposed as a characteristic of educational governing relying on ulterior motives (external motivation) for implementation or amendment of educational assessment instruments. Professional governing, in contrast, characterizes the utilization of national assessment instruments as a communicative reference for developing professional and shared standards of educational attainment

Sverre Tveit is a PhD student at the Department of Education.Photo: Department of Education, UiO

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Sverre Tveit

Sverre Tveit is a PhD student at the Department of Education. His PhD project – “Assessment and Selection in the Scandinavian Education Systems (ASSESS)” – is a comparative study of Swedish and Norwegian ways of justifying the uses of grades and evaluation systems in primary schools. The analysis is based on policy documents and interviews with politicians and employees at the Educational Ministries in both countries.

Published Jan. 12, 2016 10:52 AM