Prof Jo-Anne Baird and Dr Lena Gray awarded Higher Education Innovation Funding

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Professor Jo-Anne Baird and Dr Lena Gray‘s application to the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences HEIF Knowledge Exchange Fellowship has been successful and Dr Gray’s Fellowship starts on 1 November 2016.

The project is entitled: Overcoming political and organisational barriers to international practitioner collaboration on national examination standard-setting and runs to 31 July 2017.

This Fellowship will enable Dr Gray to develop guidelines for practitioners working in the highly politically sensitive area of setting national examination standards. The guidelines will enable assessment practitioners to be more transparent about the procedures they use and the challenges they face within their national contexts, thus creating a space for dialogue about use of best practices. Professor Baird and Dr Gray have already conducted a study on A-level and Higher examinations. This built upon research conducted by Baird and others on the meaning of examination standards in England.

The Fellowship will form part of the Setting and maintaining standards in national examinations project, which is a collaboration with Dennis Opposs (Ofqual) and Tina Isaacs (UCL IoE).

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