Unravelling workplace educators’ judgment processes when assessing students’ performance at the workplace

Authors Marlies de Vos, Liesbeth Baartman, Cees van der Vleuten, Elly de Bruijn
Published in Journal of Vocational Education & Training
Publication date 2022
Research groups Vocational Education
Type Article


The assessment of workplace learning by educators at the workplace is a complex and inherently social process, as the workplace is a participatory learning environment. We therefore propose seeing assessment as a process of judgment embedded in a community of practice and to this purpose use the philosophy of inferentialism to unravel the judgment process of workplace educators by seeing it as an interrelated system of judgments, actions and reasons. Focussing on the unfolding of a process, we applied a longitudinal holistic case study design. Results show that educators are engaged in a constant judgment process during which they use multiple and adaptive frames of reference when forming their judgment about students. They construct an overarching image of students that develops throughout the placement, and their judgments about students go hand in hand with their actions relating to fostering independent practice.

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Language English
Published in Journal of Vocational Education & Training
Key words workplace learning, inferentialism, assessment, judgment
Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/13636820.2022.2042722

Marlies de Vos

Marlies de Vos | Researcher | Research group Vocational Education

Marlies de Vos

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Vocational Education