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Peer review of assessment network: supporting comparability of standards


Booth, S and Beckett, J and Saunders, C, Peer review of assessment network: supporting comparability of standards, Quality Assurance in Education, 24, (2) pp. 194-210. ISSN 0968-4883 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/QAE-01-2015-0003


Purpose: This study was designed to test the need in the Australian higher education sector for a national network for the peer review of assessment in response to the proposed Higher Education Standards Framework and proposes a sector-wide framework for calibrating and assuring achievement standards both within, and across, disciplines through the establishment of a peer review of assessment network (PRAN).

Design/methodology/approach: This study used a ‘proof of concept’ approach to test the need for a national network, using consultations (n = 67) which included teleconference meetings [39], face-to-face meetings [2], Skype [1], presentations [19], State-based workshops [6] and a national forum. Quantitative data from evaluation surveys from State-based workshops and national forum were computer-analysed to generate descriptive statistics. Qualitative data arising from open-ended questionnaire responses were analysed through progressive categorisation and data coding designed to identify and refine data themes.

Findings: 63% of participants to the State-based workshops were satisfied with the workshop content. A further 29% reported a high level of satisfaction. The interactive group discussions fostered a collaborative approach and facilitated engagement with the workshop content. 58% of participants to the national forum were satisfied with the Forum, with a further 40% reporting a high level of satisfaction. Participants indicated that presentation content was informative and covered a diverse range of topics and viewpoints highly relevant to the current clime across the HE sector.

Practical implications: Many participants strongly supported the establishment of a national PRAN, with overwhelming support (88%) for the Forum to be made an annual event.

Originality/value: This study contributes to existing literature and provides further evidence for the value of networks in the peer review of assessment to support academics in professional learning and calibration exercises.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:peer review of assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Booth, S (Dr Sara Booth)
UTAS Author:Beckett, J (Dr Jeff Beckett)
UTAS Author:Saunders, C (Dr Cassie Saunders)
ID Code:107429
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-03-16
Last Modified:2017-07-31
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