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    Assessment at a Crossroads: Conversations

    The Harvard Educational Review has long strived to provide a forum for individuals to air, debate, and contest important issues in education, such as assessment, from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. In the edited transcripts that follow, HER presents two panel discussions on assessment that took place on October 17, 1995, to celebrate fifty years of student leadership at HER. In "Assessment at a Crossroads: Conversations," the panelists, all former members of the HER Editorial Board, discuss the nature of their current work in the field of assessment and together explore the ways in which assessment has an impact on students, teachers, and communities. Throughout these engaging discussions, the panelists ask questions of one another, build on each other's ideas, sometimes speak at cross-purposes, and make a number of shared discoveries. These dialogues, fascinating in both content and form, represent a crossroads of experience, knowledge, and reflection, and contribute to a richer understanding of the complex and provocative subject of assessment. "Conversations" begins with the panel discussion moderated by Gil Noam, who poses questions about purpose and context in his thoughtful introduction to the issue of assessment; the other panel, moderated by Roland Smith, begins on page 644.
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    Fall 1996 Issue

    Abstracts

    (Li)Ability Grouping
    The New Susceptibility of School Tracking Systems to Legal Challenges
    By Kevin G. Welner and Jeannie Oakes
    Cultural Constellations and Childhood Identities
    On Greek Gods, Cartoon Heroes, and the Social Lives of Schoolchildren
    By Anne Haas Dyson
    Teacher-Researcher Collaboration from Two Perspectives
    By Polly Ulichny and Wendy Schoener
    Troubling Clarity: The Politics of Accessible Language
    By Patti Lather
    "How Come There Are No Brothers on That List?"
    Hearing the Hard Questions All Children Ask
    Kathe Jervis
    Multiple Discourses, Multiple Identities
    Investment and Agency in Second-Language Learning among Chinese Adolescent Immigrant Students
    By Sandra Lee McKay and Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong
    Dominance Concealed through Diversity
    Implications of Inadequate Perspectives on Cultural Pluralism
    By Dwight Boyd

    Book Notes

    The Chicano/Hispanic Image in American Film
    by Frank Javier Garcia Berumen

    Contending with Modernity
    By Philip Gleason

    Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis
    By Eben A. Weitzman and Matthew B. Miles

    The Male Survivor
    By Matthew Parynik Mendel

    In Over Our Heads
    By Robert Kegan

    Technology Education in the Classroom
    By Senta A. Raizen, Peter Sellwood, Ronald D. Todd, and Margaret Vickers

    Spelling
    By Louisa Cook Moats

    A Sense of Self
    By Susannah Sheffer

    An Independent Scholar in Twentieth Century America
    By Vaughn Davis Bornet

    The Deluxe Transitive Vampire
    By Karen Elizabeth Gordon

    Inside the Writing Portfolio
    By Carol Brennan Jenkins

    Fieldwork
    Edited by Emily Cousins and Melissa Rodgers

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