Assessment Cultures Special Interest Group

The Assessment Cultures SIG offers an opportunity for members to examine their own cultures and values through learning about those of others, forming a collaborative ‘community of practice’ in which “to share what they know, to learn from one another regarding some aspects of their work and to provide a social context for that work” (Lave and Wenger, 1998).

The SIG’s identity is created by the contributions of its members, whose individual perspectives – for example, historical, educational, psychological, sociological or methodological – are variously brought to bear on the work of assessment. Members come together, mainly online, to study the assessment cultures within which they work, through discussion and the exchange of information and ideas.

If you are not yet a FULL MEMBER of AEA Europe. you can  join here.

CHAIR: Andrew Watts

STEERING GROUP: Eleanor Andressen, Isabel Nisbet, Lesley Wiseman, Lise Vikan Sandvik, Stuart Shaw, Sverre Tveit

Online Festival, 4 November 2020

As part of the Association’s online festival, on Wednesday 4th November, in the afternoon, the newly-formed Assessment Cultures SIG will host an event in which presenters and discussants from across Europe will share their reflections on the ways in which assessment cultures influenced – and may have been influenced by – the impacts on education and assessment systems of the COVID 19 pandemic. The 3-hour event also includes opportunities to meet in small groups to discuss the presentations, to exchange ideas and to generate questions for the discussion panel that follows. All AEA-E members with an interest in Assessment Cultures are warmly invited to participate in this inaugural event, and to participate in and shape the future activities of this new Special Interest Group. For more information and to register for the festival and the Assessment Cultures SIG event, go to Registration.


The place to discuss eAssessment, pose questions and discuss new ideas through our SIG BLOG. If you would like to contribute by posting a blog, please contact Mary Richardson (see email above).