Assessment policy in Norway: an OECD case study

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Dr Therese Hopfenbeck Department of Education Associate Professor Astrid Tolo University of Bergen 25th February 2013 Abstract We will be discussing the findings of a large OECD-funded project on Governing Complex Education Systems, conducted on the implementation of a policy programme in Norway. Multilevel governance systems are notoriously difficult to manage and the translation from […]

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Practice and subject-specific educational research: the case of mathematics at Oxford

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Professor Anne Watson Department of Education 18th February 2013 Abstract Oxford University Department of Education has one of the longest formal partnerships with schools in the world. Some generic aspects of this relationship, most notably the education of new teachers, have been researched and widely reported. Current policy requires us to re-examine the relationships between […]

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Exploring the meanings of standards in language testing

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, British Council 11th February 2013 Abstract The term ‘standards’ is broadly used with regard to learning and assessment. However, the range of uses brings with it a range of understandings. Standards are, of course, commonly referred to as indicating quality, typically low or falling. However, in a more technical interpretation standards can […]

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Does it matter what ‘validity’ means?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Paul Newton, Professor of Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University of London 4th February 2013 Abstract The concept of validity is seen by many as the foundation upon which all understanding of quality in educational assessment is built. Yet, even within the relatively narrow field of educational assessment, the concept of validity is used and […]

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