Consider Indigenous assessment approaches


The following resources discuss the role of assessment in Indigenous cultures, and methods of assessing students' learning in keeping with Indigenous knowledges and systems.

  • Analyzing assessment practices for Indigenous students, by Jane P. Preston and Tim R. Claypool (article, 11 pages)
    A document analysis determined that Western assessment methods were often culturally insensitive towards Indigenous students and assumed that students were drawing on a certain cultural knowledge base; standardized tests did not take into account cultural or linguistic barriers, and there was a consistent emphasis upon the cognitive knowledge domain to the exclusion of physical, emotional, and spiritual development. The authors recommend instructors focus instead on collaborative, experiential, and authentic assessment approaches that recognize students’ varying worldviews.

  • Australian Indigenous students: Addressing equity issues in assessment, by Val Klenowski (article, 16 pages)
    The author encourages instructors to be attentive to what knowledge students draw on and avoid assuming that all students have similar points of reference. Klenowski explores questions surrounding curriculum, assessment, and access to education and resources. She describes the importance of considering how culture-aware assessment practices can support students’ learning experiences during assessments.


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