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  1. Tim Cooper
    Tim Cooper 27th Jul, 2012 at 9:13 am | | Reply

    Peer review is an excellent mode of assessment, particularly in a formative context where it can help students to visualise what is required by a particular form of assessment and why. However, are there not some deep problems if we assume that University is a preparation for the world of work? Surely this is the antithesis of the university, which should be a space to develop oneself and a full human being. Work is not the whole life, and many periods of life are ‘workless’, either voluntary or involuntary. It is surely very dangerous to associate learning and assessment only with the requirements of employment. Where does one situate the possibility of being critical of an employer, for example? The recent behaviour of our corporate institutions suggests that one of the skills required (but in short supply) by the graduate is ruthless self-criticism and moral courage. Such qualities cannot be judged by the ‘client’ or ’employer’ who, of course only ever cares for or assesses the ‘end product’ (profit?). Assuming that ‘professional judgment must also include the quality of integrity, how do we assess for that?

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