Globalising assessment: an ethnography of literacy assessment, camels and fast food in the Mongolian Gobi

Maddox, Bryan (2014) Globalising assessment: an ethnography of literacy assessment, camels and fast food in the Mongolian Gobi. Comparative Education, 50 (4). pp. 474-489. ISSN 0305-0068

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Abstract

What happens when standardised literacy assessments travel globally? The paper presents an ethnographic account of adult literacy assessment events in rural Mongolia. It examines the dynamics of literacy assessment in terms of the movement and re-contextualisation of test items as they travel globally and are received locally by Mongolian respondents. The analysis of literacy assessment events is informed by Goodwin’s ‘participation framework’ on language as embodied and situated interactive phenomena and by Actor Network Theory. Actor Network Theory (ANT) is applied to examine literacy assessment events as processes of translation shaped by an ‘assemblage’ of human and non-human actors (including the assessment texts).

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 05:41
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 23:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48435
DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2013.871440

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