The 2016 MLT award

The 2016 MLT award was won by Emma Hawkins.

Her dissertation – Using student views to develop a formative assessment policy in a sixth-form history department – achieved the highest mark of 85. Explaining her dissertation, Emma said:

My dissertation explored the student experience of a new self assessment policy in a sixth-form History department. Student views were gathered through questionnaires and group interviews. One of the key findings of my project was that despite increased student confidence in self-assessment, students still reported considerable reliance on the teacher. My final conclusion was that in order to further shift the balance of power in assessment away from the teacher, students need greater ownership not only over the assessment of their work, but also the assessment policy itself. My aim for future research is to now consider how to best give students a role in regularly revising their assessment policy, encouraging a more organic and embedded approach. 

Emma was presented with her award by Dr Ann Childs of the OES Committee and Dr Katharine Burn, her supervisor, at the MLT weekend on 21st January 2017. Emma’s co-supervisor was Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck.

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