Introduction: What is evaluative judgement?

Phillip Dawson, Rola Ajjawi, David Boud, Joanna Tai

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    This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book argues that university assessment can and should be reframed to enable students to thrive in a world without marks, grades, rubrics, explicit criteria and markers. It provides the concept of evaluative judgement. The book traces the historical development of evaluative judgement over time. It situates evaluative judgement within other key concepts in the literature, such as self-regulated learning and metacognition. The book focuses on evaluative judgement for learners' practice and work. It applies disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to evaluative judgement. The book also provides evaluative judgement in terms of student capabilities. It takes about representational and sociocultural perspectives of standards and suggests a view of evaluative judgement as performing the standard.
    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 PublicationLondon
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315109251
    ISBN (Print)9781138089358, 9781138089341
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    Dawson, P., Ajjawi, R., Boud, D., & Tai, J. (2018). Introduction: What is evaluative judgement? In D. Boud, R. Ajjawi, P. Dawson, & J. Tai (Eds.), Developing evaluative judgement in higher education: Assessment for knowing and producing quality work (1st ed., pp. 1-4). Routledge.