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Assessment in a 'post-truth' world

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University of Bedfordshire

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Seminar by Dr Mary Richardson (UCL Institute of Education)

The term “post-truth” is defined as “denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” (Flood, 2016). The term is most commonly used in political domains, particularly when there are campaigns to be fought and votes to be won. The recent US elections and Brexit elections in England are substantive examples of just how objective facts were ignored or side-lined in favour of emotive appeals. This paper considers how assessment is discussed and perceived within the “post truth” perspective applied to education. Our means of both accessing information may be broader and faster than ever before, but when framed by a “post-truth” narrative, just how are key stakeholders: schools, teachers, pupils, employers etc. expected to believe in the value of educational assessments?

Part of the PESGB Bedford seminar series 2017/2018

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