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In Broadening our lenses of perception, I address the need to assess students through multiple lenses rather than through the dominant lens of standardized tests. I propose what I call multilectical lenses to provide multidimensional pictures of poor students of color; these highlight student skills and knowledge that tests disregard. Multilectics employs multi level analysis, sound and images to analyze the gestures and voices of students during classroom activities. In combination with student writing, the data produced by multilectical practice provide a rich foundation for advancing the academic achievement of our most underserved students.


Originally published in Teaching and Teacher Education. When citing this article, please contact the author for the original pagination.

Fellner, G. (2014). Broadening our lenses of perception to advance learning: An introduction to multilectics. Teaching and Teacher Education, 37(C), 169-182.

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