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]
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 , face-to-face meetings , Skype , presentations , State-based workshops  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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||peer review of assessment|
|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)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||Curriculum and Academic Development|
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