The examined life: perspectives of lower primary school students in Hong Kong

David Carless*, Ricky C K LAM

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    Abstract

    Students have a wide experience of being tested, but their perceptions of assessment are comparatively under-explored. This paper illuminates the perspectives on assessment of a sample of lower primary school students in Hong Kong. It uses focus group interviews and draw-a-picture technique to elicit their views. The main findings are that assessment can bring a sense of satisfaction or happiness, but that more than half of the informants indicated that they had negative feelings in relation to testing. The paper reinforces how students are controlled and moulded by their assessment experience, and its significance lies principally in documenting this phenomenon amongst lower primary school learners.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-329
    Number of pages17
    JournalEducation 3-13
    Volume42
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Education
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

    User-Defined Keywords

    • assessment
    • student perceptions
    • the power of tests

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