Australian Indigenous students: addressing equity issues in assessment

Klenowski, Valentina (2009) Australian Indigenous students: addressing equity issues in assessment. Teaching Education, 20(1), pp. 77-93.

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This article provides the background and context to the important issue of assessment and equity in relation to Indigenous students in Australia. Questions about the validity and fairness of assessment are raised and ways forward are suggested by attending to assessment questions in relation to equity and culture-fair assessment. Patterns of under-achievement by Indigenous students are reflected in national benchmark data and international testing programmes like the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Sstudy and the Program for International Student Assessment. The argument developed views equity, in relation to assessment, as more of a sociocultural issue than a technical matter. It highlights how teachers need to distinguish the "funds of knowledge" that Indigenous students draw on and how teachers need to adopt culturally responsive pedagogy to open up the curriculum and assessment practice to allow for different ways of knowing and being.

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ID Code: 26167
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: equity, assessment, sociocultural perspective, Indigenous education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/10476210802681741
ISSN: 1047-6210
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2009 05:07
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 05:48

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