Barriers to the cultivation of evaluative judgement: a critical and historical perspective

Robert Nelson

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Abstract

This chapter analyses three kinds of evaluative judgement, all characterised by the concept of lingering doubt. Hard evaluative judgement arises when we discriminate on the basis of truth. Soft evaluative judgement arises when we discriminate on the basis of importance. Dynamic evaluative judgement arises when we discriminate on the basis of opportunity. The chapter identifies their spread over disciplines and historical epochs, and then contemplates the significant hindrances to cultivating evaluative judgement in contemporary higher education. The motif of constructive alignment is suspected of suppressing the opportunities for students to develop the fuller range of evaluative judgement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment for Knowing and Producing Quality Work
EditorsDavid Boud, Rola Ajjawi, Phillip Dawson, Joanna Tai
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter5
Pages51-59
Number of pages9
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315109251
ISBN (Print)9781138089341, 9781138089358
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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