Literacy on Lockdown: An Ethnographic Experience in English Assessment

Description
Title: Literacy on Lockdown: An Ethnographic Experience in English Assessment
Authors: Toomey, Nisha
Date: 2011
Abstract: This research explores literacy as a medium for deepening student's awareness of their world and the impact of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Standardized testing is analyzed as a fundamental paradigm to our school culture. Ethnography is explored as a method for describing one group of students and their teacher as they prepare for the OSSLT. The findings conclude that the test occupies time, dominates definitions of literacy and undermines student and teacher agency. The conclusion considers reasons for why we seem to accept a testing paradigm that may be a direct affront to democratic practice in schools.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20470
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5086
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -
Files