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The effects of modular GCSE examinations on studentsí outcomes, motivation and workload

As part of a recent reform in education, GCSEs are now organised into modules which can either be taken at the end of the course in a linear fashion or at different points throughout the course in a modular approach to teaching and learning.


As part of a recent reform in education, GCSEs are now organised into modules which can either be taken at the end of the course in a linear fashion or at different points throughout the course in a modular approach to teaching and learning.

The proponents of modular schemes have long argued for their advantages in terms of curriculum flexibility, short-term assessment goals, regular feedback, re-sit opportunities and increasing motivation for students. On the other hand, critics of the modular assessment claim that it leads to fragmentation of learning, students entering examinations when not ready, more teaching to the test and over-assessment. Furthermore, it is also being claimed that GCSEs are becoming less and less demanding, which might lead to a diminution of trust in the qualification.

This seminar will present the findings from a research project set out to investigate the above claims analysing students’ performances and attitudes towards modularisation in two GCSE subjects.


Speaker(s):

Dr Carmen Vidal Rodeiro | talks
Sylvia Green | talks
Tim Oates | talks

 

Date and Time:

23 March 2011 at 2:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

OCR
Progress House
Coventry
CV4 8JQ


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Organised by:

Cambridge Assessment Network
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Tickets:

Free to attend

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To book a place please contact the Network Team on 01223 553846 or thenetwork@cambridgeassessment.org.uk.

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