Quality assurance of assessment and moderation discourses involving sessional staff

Grainger, Peter, Adie, Lenore, & Weir, Katie (2016) Quality assurance of assessment and moderation discourses involving sessional staff. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(4), pp. 548-559.

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Abstract

Quality assurance is a major agenda in tertiary education. The casualisation of academic work, especially in teaching, is also a quality assurance issue. Casual or sessional staff members teach and assess more than 50% of all university courses in Australia, and yet the research in relation to the role sessional staff play in quality assurance of student assessment outcomes is scarce. Moderation processes are a pivotal part of robust quality assurance measures. Drawing upon previous work surrounding four discourses of moderation, this pilot project reports the results of research into the role and impact of sessional staff in moderation processes at tertiary level. Qualitative data were gathered through focus interviews. Results, in the form of various moderation discourses, indicate that sessional staff impact the formal quality assurance processes in numerous ways.

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ID Code: 83866
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: assessment, moderation, consensus, university, sessional staff, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1030333
ISSN: 1469-297X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 05 May 2015 05:19
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 14:09

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