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Variability in assessor responses to undergraduate essays

An issue for assessment quality in higher education
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ISBN-13:
9783034312653
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
29.10.2014
Seiten:
321
Autor:
Sally O'Hagan
Gewicht:
476 g
Format:
226x154x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Contents: Assessment of students in higher education (Australia) - Reliability and validity of university essay marking - Writing assessment and rater behaviour - Empirical study of micro-level marking practices: multiple marking of essays, assessor verbal reports, essay grades - Findings: interpretations of criteria and standards, treatment of second language writing - Implications for assessment reform.
Academic standards in higher education depend on the judgements of individual academics assessing student work; it is in these micro-level practices that the validity and fairness of assessment is constituted. However, the quality of assessments of open-ended tasks like the coursework essay is difficult to ascertain because of the complex and subjective nature of the judgements involved. In view of current concerns about assessment quality and standards, this book is a timely reflection on the practices of academic judgement at university. It explores assessment quality through an empirical study of essay marking in an undergraduate discipline where large class sizes and significant numbers of second language students are common. The study shows that assessors vary in their interpretations of criteria and standards and that this results in inconsistent grading of essays. The book contributes to a growing scholarship of assessment with an evidence-based explanation of why assessors disagree and a discussion of the implications of this for the validity of assessment practices at university.

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