Competition, education and assessment: connecting history with recent scholarship

Robert Nelson, Phillip Dawson

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Abstract

In this article, we investigate competition in education, asking if it is good or bad, and especially if it is old and necessary or new and questionable. Using philological methods, we trace the history of competition and relate it to contemporary educational ideas. In history and modern pedagogical research, competition has a dark side as well as energising qualities. We question the inseparability of competition and education, and, weighing up the moral and pedagogical benefits and dangers, we advocate moderation in educational competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-315
Number of pages12
JournalAssessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • competition
  • assessment
  • norm referencing
  • history of ideas
  • philology

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