Marking gender studies: the (Radical) value of creative-critical assessment

Miriam Kent

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Feminist pedagogies have established the need to query power structures in terms of curriculum content and teaching praxis. However, the topic of student assessment poses difficulties: it is a means through which students’ performance is evaluated and quantified according to set institutionalised criteria that values particular forms of hegemonic knowledge. The following article presents a self-reflexive exploration of assessment within a Gender Studies module taught in the Autumn semesters of the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years at a UK university. The module was a core component of the institution’s MA in Gender Studies. This was an exciting opportunity to experiment with assessment styles corresponding to feminist pedagogies to help develop students’ and instructors’ disciplinary scope and explore the radical potential for creative-critical approaches to assessment. This article outlines some the challenges of employing alternative modes of learning and teaching from a feminist perspective and suggests some strategies to address these.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-89
Number of pages29
JournalHigher Education Pedagogies
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • creative practice
  • creative-critical assessment
  • critical pedagogies
  • Feminist pedagogies
  • gender studies

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