Patterns of resistance in managing assessment change

Deneen, Christopher and Boud, David (2014) Patterns of resistance in managing assessment change. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 39 (5). pp. 577-591. ISSN 0260-2938

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Achieving change in assessment practices in higher education is difficult. One of the reasons for this is resistance among those responsible for teaching and assessing. This paper seeks to explore this resistance through an analysis of staff dialogue during a major attempt to change the assessment practices at one institution. An institution-wide intervention to pilot new assessment practices was initiated, involving 35 academics across 12 departments. This paper reports on patterns emerging in dialogue about this among academics, and between academics and educational development personnel. Findings suggest that resistance is not a unitary concept, but that different stakeholders under varied circumstances express it differently; and that resistance to assessment change is particularly resilient. Implications are discussed in terms of relevance to current theories of higher education assessment and learning change management, as well as the practical considerations of attempts by institutions to engage in assessment change.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 15803
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Depositing User: Sidharth Bahadoor
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 12:03

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