An Effective and Critical History of Canada’s National Standardized Testing Program

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, Heather
dc.contributor.author Dagenais, Margaret Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-04T16:08:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-04T16:08:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3385
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Regina. ix, 477 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores Canada‟s national large-scale testing program, the School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP) and its successor, the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) using a methodology built on Foucault‟s theoretical concepts. The product of the research is a critical and effective history of the production of SAIP/PCAP within the Canadian social, political, and economic context. The study considers the work of Canadian scholars and commentators working in the field of largescale testing and the work of those working in aspects of education that are proximal to the field of interest. The research recognizes the key role of the investigator, the critical importance of investigator‟s proximity to the field, her struggles within the field; and it also recognizes the need of the investigator to step away from the obligation to argue a particular perspective. The study also explores standardized testing regimes operating in England and the United States as well as international testing programs to gather the effects of these correlative spaces on the Canadian experience. The outcomes of the research include the production of an understanding of how large-scale standardized testing was produced in Canada, its resultant effects of harmonization on curriculum, and the identification of possible research sites for further inquiry. en_US
dc.description.uri A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy *, University of Regina. *, * p. en
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Achievement tests--Canada--History
dc.subject.lcsh Educational tests and measurements--Canada--History
dc.subject.lcsh Pan-Canadian Assessment Program
dc.subject.lcsh School Achievement Indicators Program (Canada)
dc.title An Effective and Critical History of Canada’s National Standardized Testing Program en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Faculty of Education en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Brown, Douglas
dc.contributor.committeemember Hart, Paul
dc.contributor.committeemember Maeers, Mhairi
dc.contributor.committeemember Rennie, Morina
dc.contributor.externalexaminer Volante, Louis


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