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Researching impact in an educational assessment context

Assessments form part of complex systems and have expected and unexpected consequences, including exerting powerful influences on the individual and on educational systems and society.


Assessments form part of complex systems and have expected and unexpected consequences, including exerting powerful influences on the individual and on educational systems and society. Following Messick (1989), researching such consequences is fundamental to test validation and allows for positive and negative impacts to be identified, maximising the sustainability of education and assessment programmes.

Introducing language assessments as part of educational reform is increasingly frequent and two common themes emerge: the desire to increase learner language proficiency (e.g. learners should reach level X by a certain educational stage), and the desire to increase the number of language learners. When learning and assessment are closely integrated these two goals are more likely to be achieved as the learning environment is both positive and motivational. This presentation discusses this complex relationship, Cambridge ESOL’s approach to researching impact and the concept of ‘Impact by design'.


Speaker(s):

Dr Hanan Khalifa | talks
Dr Karen Ashton | talks

 

Date and Time:

1 February 2012 at 3:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Hughes Hall
Mortimer Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EW


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Cambridge Assessment Network
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