Teacher judgement and the challenges of moderation

Adie, Lenore & Klenowski, Val (2016) Teacher judgement and the challenges of moderation. In Peters, Michael A. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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Abstract

Moderation, or social moderation involves teachers meeting together to discuss and negotiate judgments made on student work. It is discussed in a holistic sense of encompassing all stages of the teaching/learning process. In systems that employ standards-referenced curriculum and assessment, social moderation and/or online moderation are processes adopted to ensure consistency and reliability of assessment grades. Moderation is a social practice in which teachers present and critique judgment decisions based on critical evidence in the sample or portfolio of work. Teachers willingly open their practice to scrutiny from colleagues and respond to feedback on judgment decisions. Moderation is discussed and analyzed in terms of the various ways it may be organized and the key processes involved. Challenges to moderation include the subjectivity of judgment making; the lack of engagement with the standard; the interplay of identity and differential power relations in judgment making and critique of judgments; and the difficulty of achieving consistency across an entire education system. Moderation represents a form of professional learning when teachers critically reflect on their understanding of the standard and develop goals to improve their future instruction and assessment practices.

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ID Code: 98435
Item Type: Reference Entry
Keywords: teacher judgement, standards, moderation, online moderation, consistency
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_393-1
ISBN: 9789812875327
Subjects: 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: Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2016 00:35
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 00:29

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