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Examining the assessment literacy of external examiners

Medland, Emma (2015) Examining the assessment literacy of external examiners London Review of Education, 13 (3). pp. 21-33.

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External scrutiny of higher education courses is evident globally, but the use of an external examiner from another institution for the purposes of quality assurance has been a distinguishing feature of UK higher education since the 1830s. However, the changing higher education context has led to mounting criticism of the system and the identification of a number of largely unchallenged assumptions underpinning it. One such assumption is that external examiners are assessment literate. This study evaluates levels of assessment literacy demonstrated within the written reports of external examiners. Findings indicate variable levels of assessment literacy and identify aspects of the concept that require attention. Wider questions concerning the conceptualization and future development of the external examining system are considered.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Date : 1 December 2015
DOI : 10.18546/LRE.13.3.04
Copyright Disclaimer : © Copyright 2015 Medland. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : External examiner; Assessment literacy; Higher education; Community of practice
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Jul 2017 08:07
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:24

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