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Standardisation and ”quick languages”: The shape-shifting of standardised measurement of pupil achievement in Sweden and Germany
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Studies in educational policy and educational philosophy)
Humbult universität.
2009 (English)In: Comparative Education, ISSN 0305-0068, E-ISSN 1360-0486, Vol. 45, no 3, 365-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses the entry of standardised measurement into the educational systems of Sweden and Germany and the processes of shape-shifting associated with this process. In the first part of the article, we investigate how standardised measurement challenged existing ways of conceiving education in Sweden and Germany during the first half of the twentieth century, leading to the introduction of a system of national tests in Sweden, but not in Germany. In the second part of the article, we explore standards-based reform in Sweden and Germany contemporaneously, including the role played by standardised measurement in this process. We analyse how psychometrics functioned as a 'quick language', i.e. a shorthand means of communication in educational matters, and the role it played in processes of shape-shifting of standardised measurement, i.e. transformations in directions very different from that which early proponents of standardised measurement had envisaged.

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2009. Vol. 45, no 3, 365-385 p.
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assessment history, quick language, compratative education, Sweden, Germany
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-131618DOI: 10.1080/03050060903184940ISI: 000270974400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-131618DiVA: diva2:355301
Available from: 2010-10-06 Created: 2010-10-06 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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