EAP assessment for Social Justice

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 12:45-14:00 (BST)

This event was inspired by TAFSIG (Testing, Assessment and Feedback SIG) and EAP4SJ recent collaboration with Dr Jan McArthur when we talked about higher education assessment for social justice, and particularly the role of values of trust, honesty, responsibility, forgiveness, and responsiveness (McArthur, 2020). 

In this world café event, we invited you to join us in this discussion, with the focus on EAP assessment in terms of the current state of the affairs, as well as the ways forward for our field in embracing assessment for social justice. Those discussions were then followed by a short Q&A with Dr McArthur, when participants had an opportunity to ask questions about her work on assessment for social justice. 

Relevant literature on the topic includes the below: 

  • our Assessment for Social Justice interview 
  • Honneth, A. (2014). The I in We:  Studies in the Theory of Recognition. Cambridge: Polity Press.  
  • McArthur, J. (2018). Assessment for Social Justice: Perspectives and Practices within Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury. 
  • McArthur, J. (2020). Assessment for Social Justice:  Achievement, uncertainty and recognition, In C Callender, W Locke & S Marginson (eds), Changing Higher Education for a Changing World. Bloomsbury Higher Education Research. London. Bloomsbury. 

To view and contribute to our discussions on Padlet, click here.
To watch the recording of the Q&A, click here.

Thank you very much. 


Published by EAP 4 Social Justice SIG

What is the EAP for Social Justice SIG? Welcome to the website for BALEAP's EAP for Social Justice Special Interest Group! This SIG is intended to provide a forum for EAP practitioners to discuss, deepen their understanding of, and address concerns related to, social justice within and around EAP, whilst also broadening and strengthening the evidence-base of the impact that social justice initiatives can make in this field. Through bringing this often-sidelined area into the spotlight and examining the knowledge, skills and values that a social justice lens can contribute to EAP, this SIG aims to encourage more EAP students, practitioners and managers to take action and play their part in fulfilling the vision of the university as the “critic and conscience of society”.

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