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date: 16 October 2019

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This chapter explores the concept of assessment in music education through the lens of care ethics by (1) providing an overview of “care” as practice, disposition, and relation; (2) discussing personhood through the lens of care ethics; (3) examining “assessment as care” and understandings of “relationship” as developed by Carol Gilligan and Nel Noddings and examining concepts of care ethics and “self-fulness” as developed by Marissa Silverman; and (4) exploring and applying these concepts in the context of the South African Grade 10 to 12 Independent Examinations Board (IEB). The author’s practical experiences with the South African Grade IEB include teaching secondary school music in the general areas of aural skills and music theory, general music knowledge and analysis, and performance.

Keywords: ethic of care, relational practice, assessment, music education, South Africa, further education and training

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