Moderation and consistency of teacher judgement : teachers’ views

Connolly, Stephen, Klenowski, Valentina, & Wyatt-Smith, Claire (2012) Moderation and consistency of teacher judgement : teachers’ views. British Educational Research Journal, 38(4), pp. 593-614.

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Major curriculum and assessment reforms in Australia have generated research interest in issues related to standards, teacher judgement and moderation. This article is based on one related inquiry of a large-scale Australian Research Council Linkage project conducted in Queensland. This qualitative study analysed interview data to identify teachers’ views on standards and moderation as a means to achieving consistency of teacher judgement. A complementary aspect of the research involved a blind review that was conducted to determine the degree of teacher consistency without the experience of moderation. Empirical evidence was gained that most teachers, of the total interviewed, articulated a positive attitude towards the use of standards in moderation and perceived that this process produces consistency in teachers’ judgements. Context was identified as an important influential factor in teachers’ judgements and it was concluded that teachers’ assessment beliefs, attitudes and practices impact on their perceptions of the value of moderation practice and the extent to which consistency can be achieved.

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ID Code: 43600
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Moderation, standards, teacher judgment
DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2011.569006
ISSN: 0141-1926
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 British Educational Research Association
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2011 03:46
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 16:43

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