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Undermining quality teaching and learning: A self-determination theory perspective on high-stakes testing

Ryan, Richard M and Weinstein, Netta (2009) 'Undermining quality teaching and learning: A self-determination theory perspective on high-stakes testing.' Theory and Research in Education, 7 (2). pp. 224-233. ISSN 1477-8785

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Abstract

Using tests to compare nations, states, school districts, schools, teachers, and students has increasingly become a basis for educational reform around the globe. Although tests can be informative, high-stakes testing (HST) is an approach to reform that applies rewards and sanctions contingent on test outcomes. Results of HST reforms indicate a plethora of unintended negative consequences, leading some to suggest that HST corrupts educational practices in schools. Although there are many accounts of these negative results, SDT supplies the only systematic theory of motivation that explains these effects. In what follows we describe the motivational principles underlying the undermining effects of HST on teachers and learners alike.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education reform; high-stakes testing; self-determination theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 14:06
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 14:06
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1606

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