Measuring up? Assessment and students with disabilities in the modern university

Bessant, J 2010, 'Measuring up? Assessment and students with disabilities in the modern university', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 265-281.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Measuring up? Assessment and students with disabilities in the modern university
Author(s) Bessant, J
Year 2010
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 265
End page 281
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract In this article, I ask how university students with disabilities negotiate with staff arrangements for alternative assessment practices. I draw on three case studies using a personal pronoun perspective to challenge the conventional view that educational policy and teaching practice are forms of rational action. I demonstrate how the lives of students and staff are typically characterised by unexpected events, disorder, emotion and prejudice. The analytic perspective offered here establishes how meanings, intentions and different viewpoints and alliances emerge as social actors work to create specific faculty and institution cultures. The case studies also reveal what does and what does not work – some of the obstacles – and what needs to be done if we are serious about equity and inclusive education. They include practical assistance in recognising the specific requirements of students with disabilities and how to design alternative assessment for students with specific ‘conditions’. I argue that professional development and specific techniques in curriculum design are needed. Some staff also require help in recognising their policy and legal obligations. A cultural change which identifies and challenges prejudice is a larger task if universities are to become places in which equal opportunity principles and inclusive education are present and actively practised.
Keyword(s) university
assessment
student disability
ISSN 1360-3116
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