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Event Date : 22 Feb, 2017 05:30 PM - 22 Feb, 2017 07:15 PM

Summary :

How Vagueness Makes Educational Assessments Lie
Dr. Richard Marshall

London Branch Seminar Details

Venue :
Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way Room 828
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Roy Sorensen has argued two theses: vagueness is best understood as ignorance rather than indeterminacy; lying is best understood in terms of insincerity rather than falsehood. Together they present a challenge for any educational assessment that claims vague assessment borderlines can be precisified via stipulation. If there actually is a borderline but one doesn't know where it is, then any stipulation would be insincere, and on Sorensen's argument, such insincerity would amount to lying. Current educational assessment explicitly endorses the stipulation approach and therefore endorses systematic lying. The paper points to other areas of education where similar reasoning applies.

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