Developing shared understandings of standards-based assessment : online moderation practices across geographically diverse contexts

Adie, Lenore Ellen (2010) Developing shared understandings of standards-based assessment : online moderation practices across geographically diverse contexts. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis investigates the place of online moderation in supporting teachers to work in a system of standards-based assessment. The participants of the study were fifty middle school teachers who met online with the aim of developing consistency in their judgement decisions. Data were gathered through observation of the online meetings, interviews, surveys and the collection of artefacts. The data were viewed and analysed through sociocultural theories of learning and sociocultural theories of technology, and demonstrates how utilising these theories can add depth to understanding the added complexity of developing shared meaning of standards in an online context. The findings contribute to current understanding of standards-based assessment by examining the social moderation process as it acts to increase the reliability of judgements that are made within a standards framework. Specifically, the study investigates the opportunities afforded by conducting social moderation practices in a synchronous online context. The study explicates how the technology affects the negotiation of judgements and the development of shared meanings of assessment standards, while demonstrating how involvement in online moderation discussions can support teachers to become and belong within a practice of standards-based assessment. This research responds to a growing international interest in standards-based assessment and the use of social moderation to develop consistency in judgement decisions. Online moderation is a new practice to address these concerns on a systemic basis.

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ID Code: 43355
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Klenowski, Valentina, Kettle, Margaret, Mercer, Kay, & Patterson, Annette J.
Additional Information: Recipient of 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Keywords: standards-based assessment, social moderation, sociocultural theory of learning, judgement making, grounded theory, online moderation, ODTA
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2011 04:24
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:41

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