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'Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment'
This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of US and international scholars to focus on the role of culture in theory and practices of evaluation and assessment. The CREA conference is unique in its definitive recognition of culture’s centrality to evaluation and assessment and will illuminate the landscape of culturally responsive evaluation and assessment, a space that remains largely uncharted. The CREA Conference will include paper, symposia and roundtable submissions that address at least one of these four themes:
1. Defining culturally relevant and culturally responsive assessment
There is a significant lack of both conceptual and empirical scholarship on the meaning of ‘culturally responsive’ and ‘culturally relevant’ assessment. Papers in this strand will help define the concept, exemplify emerging techniques and technologies, provide a model or framework for examining practices of culturally responsive and culturally relevant assessment, or report on empirical studies exploring the links between notions of culture and assessment practices.
2. Documenting the use of culture in evaluation
Papers in this strand will address theories, frameworks, strategies, technologies and impacts that further our understanding of what it means to ‘use’ culture in planning and implementing an evaluation. Papers can explore examples of local or project-based instances of ‘use’ as well as broader issues related to the use of culture in evaluations that are intended to inform policy.
3. Pursuing social justice
One primary reason for culture to be placed at the center of research, evaluation, and assessment practices is to increase the likelihood that social and educational policies and practices are more socially just (fair, equitable, respectful of human dignity, etc.). Papers addressing this conference theme will offer both conceptual and empirical discussions of how issues of social justice and culturally responsive evaluation and assessment are interconnected.
4. Crossing cultural borders in evaluation and assessment
Evaluation and assessment policies and practices are local, national, and global. Further, practitioners must often navigate and negotiate within and across cultures of which they are not a part. Papers addressing this theme will explore how the idea of culturally responsive evaluation and assessment ‘travels’ across borders.