Assessment, technology and democratic education in the age of data

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This paper contends that powerful techniques to manipulate data, enabled by technological and economic developments, can be easily co-opted to serve the restrictive frameworks of hyper-controlling, managerial accountability that characterise current cultures of summative assessment in education. In response to these challenges, research is urgently needed to increase our understanding of the impact that assessments have on individuals and society. The paper concludes that social research ought to contribute to the identification of responses - educational, technological and political - that can minimise inequalities and potential abuses through the encouragement of data literacy across society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • analytics
  • assessment
  • data
  • literacy

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