Articles for DEI-BR

Why diversity, equity and inclusion and bias reduction are important in credentialling: a report from the ICE 2021 conference

Published in: DEI-BR, Tests and Assessments

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Recent social justice movements across the world have raised awareness, on an unprecented level, of the inequities in our society, and have set off a global cultural debate around the themes of diversity, equity and inclusion and bias reduction (DEI-BR). ...

A new and more equitable approach to measuring socioeconomic status in international large-scale assessments on student achievement

Published in: DEI-BR, Tests and Assessments

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Socioeconomic status (SES) is a variable that the vast majority of the international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) on student achievement derive from questions about parental occupation, parent's level of education and their income bracket (or proxy indicators of household income). The ...

Subtitles rarely make headlines but those of the South Korean series “Squid Game” are breaking the internet

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The last time film subtitles made quite a buzz was in 2020, when South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film “Parasite” won the Oscar for Best Picture. Parasite's win in this category came as a surprise and sparked lively discussions as ...

Discussing accessibility, fairness and equity of tests at E-ATP 2021 as we emerge from COVID-19

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village This year's edition of the E-ATP conference was a virtual yet vibrant event, where attendees discussed all the facets of disruption in the testing industry due to COVID-19. We attended E-ATP in Dublin (2015), Lisbon (2016), Noordwijk (2017), Athens (2018) ...

“Item bias as a consequence of hidden social makers in assessment content”. A coffee conversation with cApStAn co-founder Steve Dept at E-ATP 2021

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village This year's (virtual) edition of the E-ATP conference, of which cApStAn is a proud sponsor, focussed on the challenges to the testing industry brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these were met. These include, inter alia, how to ...

Is ageism the last “acceptable” bias? High time that it receive the same standard of scrutiny as other forms of discrimination, says a recent UN report

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village The past few years have seen increased attention drawn to issues of systemic discrimination. Racism, sexism, ableism, classism, homophobia, transphobia ... are all being called out as socially, ethically, and politically unacceptable. “But in what appears to also be a ...

Migrant children are often their parents’ translators: a source of pride or a cultural burden?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Sanmeet Kaur, a UCL History graduate and self-described “aspiring writer”, fled Afghanistan with her family when she was five and arrived in the UK not speaking a word of English. In an article titled “The trauma of bridging worlds as ...

Recent research shows that the language used in job postings may be holding women back from work

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village Why are women still underrepresented in many high-profile fields like finance and STEM? The reasons behind this are complex and may include gaps in education, lingering gender stereotypes, lack of role models, and concerns over work-life balance. Findings from a ...

The debate around “woke” culture is heated: while many say it has helped to raise awareness of social justice issues others claim it has gone way too far

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village What does “woke” actually mean in today’s culture? As the use of the word spreads, what people actually mean by woke seems less clear than ever. A review of Google keywords shows that the search for defining “wokeness” has surged ...

Survey data about non-binary people: a critical tool to inform discussions about policy, resource allocations, and other issues that affect them

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village “International Non-Binary People’s Day” is celebrated ever year on the 14th of July since 2012 and is aimed at raising awareness around the issues faced by people who do not identify as male or female. The issue is gaining increasing ...