It’s report card season. Just how useful are report cards? How should parents respond to their students grades? What kind of questions can or should parents ask teachers about the assessment of their students’ performance? Should parents reward their students for good grades?
Sandra Mathison, an expert on evaluation and co-director of Institute for Critical Education Studies, offers advice on these and other issues in the UBC News Experts Spotlight.
Listen for Dr. Mathison’s comments on report cards today on Vancouver radio (News 1130 and CBC Vancouver’s On The Coast) and television (Global News BC1)
Listen to the podcast of Dr. Mathison’s comments on CBC’s On the Coast, with Stephen Quinn.
From The Province: Don’t overreact when it comes to school report cards: Expert
From Yahoo News: Don’t reward good report cards: UBC professor
From E-Valuation: Reporting Evaluation Results ~ The Case of School Report Cards
Posted in BC Education, Evaluation, Institute for Critical Education Studies, Research, Teachers
Tagged assessment, evaluation, grades, media, report cards, Research, Sandra Mathison, teacher conferences, UBC News
July 23-25, 2015
Faculty of Education, University of Regina
This symposium will examine accelerating trends in higher education: neoliberalism, the politics of evidence, and the audit culture. In an age in which value is often equated with accountancy, we will examine the place in the academy for public intellectualism, community-engagement, Indigenous epistemologies, and how the impact of our scholarship is, and ought to be, justly assessed. Invited presenters will provoke lively discussion, but going beyond discussion, and blurring the lines between presenter and audience member, participants will be invited to engage actively with other presenter/participants in attendance for the purpose of effecting changes at their home institutions. Opportunities will be available for reconsidering and strategizing academic issues such as faculty criteria documents, measurement rankings, traditional impact factors, and other academic matters affected by the politics of austerity, neoliberalism, and new management technologies. Action will also be encouraged through submissions to a special issue of in education (the University of Regina Faculty of Education’s journal), potentially collaborating on an edited book, TED-style dissemination videos, producing a list of recommendations, developing examples of inclusive faculty criteria documents, possibly developing a community impact factor as an alternative to journal impact factor metrics, and further actions as collectively discussed at the symposium.
Questions to be explored include:
- What counts as scholarship and why?
- How do we achieve accountability in an age of accountancy?
- How do we measure research impact, (i.e., journal impact factor vs community and policy impact)?
- Impact for whom?
- Who and how do we determine whose evidence and what research is legitimate?
- What can be done? How do we effect change to university practices?
Posted in AAUP, Academic freedom, Academic Labor, CAUT, Corporate University, Critical Education, Critical University Studies, Indigeneity, Institute for Critical Education Studies, Organizing, Privatization, Students, Teachers, Unions, Working condition
Tagged Academic freedom, Critical Education, critical pedagogy, critical theories, Equity, Ethics, Students, Working conditions