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193 - Thematic Session. Evaluation, Quantification, and Inequalities in Education

Sun, August 13, 10:30am to 12:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Floor: Level 5, 511B

Session Submission Type: Invited Session


In most massified educational systems, the rankings and quantified indicators have become progressively more frequent and contribute to the hierarchization of pupils and schools. Quantitative evaluations are used to measure “educational performances,” not only for international comparisons, but also to assess the efficiency and the impact of programs, and management and treatment of educational problems. The way they are read and used by the actors may contribute to the stagnancy of the social, racial and gender inequalities, but with the impression of a transparency and an equal school system. This thematic session investigates evaluation practices in different countries and their presumed objectivity, as well as the alternative views of such practices by educational actors, parents, and pupils. From a critical perspective, this session will highlight the effects of educational evaluation practices on social, gender, and racial inequalities in schools. The differences in the educational systems’ structure, their organization and their contribution to these inequalities will be discussed in the light of the different levels, from primary to higher education, in order to emphasize the variations in the amplitude of these reproduction. This session includes papers from the USA, Belgium, Switzerland, and France and will contribute to the international comparison on these questions.

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