Opening the black box: Examining the "micro-physics" of power in teacher/student co-evaluation of academic achievement

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Date created: 
2019-03-08
Identifier: 
etd20127
Keywords: 
Education
Foucault
Collaboration
Power
Assessment
Parrhesia
Abstract: 

This project is a mixed methodology self-study of the power dynamics inherent in the teacher/student collaborative evaluation of academic achievement. This grading practice consisted of an evaluation phase following a period of instruction where the teacher collaborated with students to collect and evaluate assessment evidence in light of standards. Teacher and student then shared their results in a conference and collaboratively determined the letter grade. The power dynamics of the conferences were examined through a Foucauldian power use and parrhesia framework to identify three types of power used by teacher and student: invitational, resistant, and neutral. Teacher use of power dominated the conferences, yet some students were able to resist the teacher’s use of power sufficiently to have their voice heard. Results of this study are encouraging and have proven useful in developing further iterations of this evaluation methodology.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
Allan MacKinnon
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Liberal Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.L.S.
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