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Affect and ipsative approaches as a counter to Pedagogic Frailty: The guardian of traditional models of student success

Rattray, J.

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In this article, I consider how the neoliberal discourses surrounding higher education have resulted in an increasingly risk-averse culture of learning and teaching. Students are frequently reluctant to engage with troublesome or challenging knowledge and academics are less likely to push learners into contested spaces or deviate from accepted pedagogical practices for fear of upsetting them. The consequence of this situation is that we potentially have a generation of graduates who lack the resilience to cope in the graduate market. Drawing on the notion of pedagogic frailty, consideration is given to how models of success, that are associated with high stakes, single-point assessment, might limit the development of positive affect in learners. I argue instead for a reconsideration of notions of success building on the principles of ipsative assessment as a means of supporting the development of affective attributes, such as resilience, optimism and hope, in an effort to ensure graduates are equipped for an uncertain future.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2018
Publication Date Nov 10, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2020
Journal Higher Education Research and Development
Print ISSN 0729-4360
Electronic ISSN 1469-8366
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 7
Pages 1489-1500
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1494141
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1323770

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