Loek Schoenmakers

This book is of great importance to education, as it makes a fundamental contribution to the dialogue on the role of evaluation in education. Calling into question the nature of testing, it offers an alternative orientation to the role of evaluation within educational processes. The challenge that Gergen & Gill confront with this invaluable publication is to re-enter into the dialogue about going beyond testing with possible alternatives. Students’ learning is paramount, and evaluation ought to be in its service. Isn’t this what education is about? The idea of evaluation in favour of learning – changes educational practices dramatically. From a relational standpoint it invites new possibilities, including transforming students and teachers into learning partners. A must read for both educators and educational leaders!

— Loek Schoenmakers (PhD), Educational Specialist, Teacher Trainer, School Advisor, and CEO of Appreciative Change Works, The Netherlands. 

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