Pupil mortification: digital photography and identity construction in classroom assessment

Crossouard, Barbara (2012) Pupil mortification: digital photography and identity construction in classroom assessment. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33 (6). pp. 893-911. ISSN 0142-5692

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Cultural theorists have illuminated how photographic images contribute to autobiographical remembering and identity formation. This has new significance given that digital photography now allows personal images to circulate rapidly amongst peer groups. Taking these insights into classroom contexts, this paper draws on recent case-study data to explore a teacher’s use of digital photography to provide ‘feedback’ to pupils. Critiquing dominant psychological understandings of classroom assessment for their lack of recognition of power relations, it takes up post-structuralist theories of discourse, embodiment and affect to consider how these digital photographs became ‘sticky’ with memories of peer derision, ‘mortifying’ pupils and marking them as ‘other’ in ways that were intensified through later display to the class. Thus, rather than providing benign support for learning, the circulation of these images as part of feedback processes in this classroom context seems to have functioned as a powerful technology of individualization and normalization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online first
Keywords: sociology of assessment, assessment and identity, affect and assessment, classroom assessment, feedback and digital photography, embodiment
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
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Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 10:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40387
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