Authentic assessment for a more inclusive history

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Forsyth, Hannah and Evans, Jedidiah. (2019). Authentic assessment for a more inclusive history. Higher Education Research and Development. 38(4), pp. 748-761. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1581140
AuthorsForsyth, Hannah and Evans, Jedidiah
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Practitioners and theorists in higher education have explored authentic assessment as a mechanism to better connect student work to real-world practice. This article considers the possibilities for authentic assessment in teaching history as a discipline and professional field at university, considering how ‘real-world practice’ might be expanded to include the understanding and practice of inclusive or participatory history. This article explores student survey responses related to three authentic assessment tasks, designed and delivered over a three-year history curriculum. This survey was designed to understand the efficacy of authentic assessment for scaffolding historical practice at university, and to also evaluate its possibilities for helping to transform the practice of history, which in recent decades has sought, with limited success, more inclusive epistemologies and pedagogies. In this article we suggest that authentic assessment is likely to successfully connect history students to real-world activities, but that it is necessary to consider whose authenticity is at stake if the discipline of history is to succeed in its wider aims. Drawing on student comments, we conclude that authentic assessment can contribute to student becoming, but that it also helps build a similar kind of ‘becoming’ for the discipline and practice of history itself.

Keywordsauthentic assessment; history; university; assessment; inclusive education
Year2019
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Journal citation38 (4), pp. 748-761
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0729-4360
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1581140
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85062334912
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range748-761
FunderAustralian Catholic University
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