Karen Shepherdson

Group Assessment and Conflict Resolution through Silence.

This presentation will reflect on how conflict within group assessment can find resolution through silence and slow, considered conversation. This past year I have facilitated creative students as they project managed a group-assessed exhibition. To my horror and surprise a culture of conflict and blame rapidly emerged and threatened to not only jeopardise the assessment outcome, but far more importantly damage individual and peer relationships. To counter this turmoil a modified Quaker business meeting model was deployed where meetings would for example, begin with a period of silence and reflection and conventional modes of decision-making i.e. voting were wholly rejected in favour of slowly established consensus.

This is at times an ugly story, of people behaving badly. But it also brings into sharp relief how group assessment not only amplifies stress points but can provide lifelong lessons in collaboration and the celebration of difference.


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