An analytical framework to untangle interpretative approaches in assessment

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This paper presents a framework which enables the mapping of approaches to the interpretation for the purpose of analysing the underlying referential frameworks which inform assessment. The framework productively situates specific assessment practices and discourses against a broader analytical narrative of interpretation. It was initially developed as part of a research project which aimed to analyse approaches to the assessment of complex student submissions in the creative arts discipline of fine art studio practice, and, as such, will include examples of its application when teasing out the assessment structures and practices of institutions and individuals. The framework contributes to research in assessment by providing a means to identify embedded referential frameworks; to detect and reflect on nuances in the structural, cultural and agential approaches to assessment; and to open up tacit process to the stakeholders involved.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages32
Publication statusEarly online date - 2017
EventSRHE Annual Research Conference - Celtic Manor, Wales, Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 06 Dec 201708 Dec 2017


ConferenceSRHE Annual Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Interpretation
  • assessment
  • fine art
  • criticism
  • author
  • text
  • reader


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