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Reading For The New Era: Assessing Reading In A Digital Environment, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley, Juliette Mendelovits Sep 2013

Reading For The New Era: Assessing Reading In A Digital Environment, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley, Juliette Mendelovits

Dr Tom Lumley

No abstract provided.


Reading For The New Era: Assessing Reading In A Digital Environment, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley, Juliette Mendelovits Sep 2013

Reading For The New Era: Assessing Reading In A Digital Environment, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley, Juliette Mendelovits

Juliette Mendelovits

No abstract provided.


What Information From Pisa Is Useful For Teachers? How Can Pisa Help Our Students To Become More Proficient?, Juliette Mendelovits, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley Sep 2013

What Information From Pisa Is Useful For Teachers? How Can Pisa Help Our Students To Become More Proficient?, Juliette Mendelovits, Dara Searle, Tom Lumley

Juliette Mendelovits

A frequent objection to large-scale testing programs, both national and international, is that they are used as an instrument of control, rather than as a means of providing information to effect change. Moreover, concerns about large-scale testing often take the form of objection to the specific characteristics of the assessments as being prescriptive and proscriptive, leading to a narrowing of the curriculum and the spectre of 'teaching to the test' to the exclusion of more important educational content. Taking PISA reading literacy as its focus, this paper proposes, on the contrary, that a coherent assessment system is valuable in so ...


Effects Of Student Reading Proficiency On Pisa Mathematics Items – A Dif Study Across Countries, Ray Adams, Luc Le Aug 2013

Effects Of Student Reading Proficiency On Pisa Mathematics Items – A Dif Study Across Countries, Ray Adams, Luc Le

Prof Ray Adams

No abstract provided.


Students In A Digital Age: Some Implications Of Ict For Teaching And Learning, John Ainley, L Enger, Dara Searle May 2013

Students In A Digital Age: Some Implications Of Ict For Teaching And Learning, John Ainley, L Enger, Dara Searle

Dr John Ainley

No abstract provided.


Supplementary Analysis Of Teachers Using The 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey Data, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards, Ali Radloff Sep 2012

Supplementary Analysis Of Teachers Using The 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey Data, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards, Ali Radloff

Ali Radloff

No abstract provided.


Postgraduate Research Experience 2008 : The Report Of The Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards Aug 2012

Postgraduate Research Experience 2008 : The Report Of The Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards

Dr Daniel Edwards

Each year, graduates of Australian higher education institutions who have completed a doctoral or research masters degree are invited by their institution and Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) to respond to the Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire (PREQ) about four months after graduation. This report presents the results from the ninth PREQ survey conducted since 1999. The PREQ asks graduates to respond to 28 statements about seven aspects of their research degree. The first 27 statements measure the quality of supervision, the intellectual climate of the department in which the respondent studied, the development of generic skills, the quality of the infrastructure ...


Supplementary Analysis Of Teachers Using The 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey Data, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards, Ali Radloff Aug 2012

Supplementary Analysis Of Teachers Using The 2008 Graduate Pathways Survey Data, Hamish Coates, Daniel Edwards, Ali Radloff

Dr Daniel Edwards

No abstract provided.


Indigenous Youth Transitions, Justin Brown, Gina Milgate, Jenny Wilkinson, Philip Mckenzie Aug 2012

Indigenous Youth Transitions, Justin Brown, Gina Milgate, Jenny Wilkinson, Philip Mckenzie

Jenny Wilkinson

No abstract provided.


The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phil Mckenzie, Gary Marks May 2012

The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phil Mckenzie, Gary Marks

Dr Sheldon Rothman

No abstract provided.


John Keeves And The Australian Council For Educational Research, Rebecca Leech, John Ainley, Phillip Mckenzie, Patricia Knight, Jenny Barnes, Renee Otmar, Maureen O'Keefe Jan 2012

John Keeves And The Australian Council For Educational Research, Rebecca Leech, John Ainley, Phillip Mckenzie, Patricia Knight, Jenny Barnes, Renee Otmar, Maureen O'Keefe

Dr John Ainley

This book has been produced as a tribute to the work and contributions of ACER's 3rd chief executive. Professor John Keeves on the occasion of his 85th birthday. Professor Keeves has made substantial contributions to key research studies, especially in mathematics and science education. His work laid the foundations for large scale assessments of student learning that are common place today and for better understanding the complex relationships between students home background, school factors and achievement.


Growth In Receptive Vocabulary Among 4 To 8 Year-Olds: Using Growth Modelling With The Lsac K Cohort, Kylie Hillman, Siek Khoo, Clare Ozolins Sep 2011

Growth In Receptive Vocabulary Among 4 To 8 Year-Olds: Using Growth Modelling With The Lsac K Cohort, Kylie Hillman, Siek Khoo, Clare Ozolins

Kylie Hillman

No abstract provided.


Success Despite The Odds? Outcomes For Low-Performing Students In Australia, Sue Thomson, Kylie Hillman Sep 2011

Success Despite The Odds? Outcomes For Low-Performing Students In Australia, Sue Thomson, Kylie Hillman

Kylie Hillman

No abstract provided.


The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phil Mckenzie, Gary Marks Sep 2011

The On Track Survey 2008: The Destinations Of School Leavers In Victoria, Sheldon Rothman, Kylie Hillman, Phil Mckenzie, Gary Marks

Kylie Hillman

No abstract provided.


Growth In Receptive Vocabulary Among 4 To 8 Year-Olds: Using Growth Modelling With The Lsac K Cohort, Kylie Hillman, Siek Khoo, Clare Ozolins Jul 2011

Growth In Receptive Vocabulary Among 4 To 8 Year-Olds: Using Growth Modelling With The Lsac K Cohort, Kylie Hillman, Siek Khoo, Clare Ozolins

Clare Ozolins

No abstract provided.


Indigenous Youth Transitions, Justin Brown, Gina Milgate, Jenny Wilkinson, Philip Mckenzie Jul 2011

Indigenous Youth Transitions, Justin Brown, Gina Milgate, Jenny Wilkinson, Philip Mckenzie

Gina C Milgate

No abstract provided.


The Analysis Of Measurement Equivalence In International Studies Using The Rasch Model., Wolfram Schulz, Julian Fraillon Sep 2010

The Analysis Of Measurement Equivalence In International Studies Using The Rasch Model., Wolfram Schulz, Julian Fraillon

Julian Fraillon

This paper outlines how Rasch modelling can be used for testing assumption about measurement equivalence in international studies. Based on the Rasch model (Rasch, 1960) for dichotomous items and the Partial Credit model for polytomous items (Masters & Wright, 1982), so-called item-by-country interactions can be estimated that provide useful information about the level of measurement invariance in parameter estimates. It should be noted that item-by-country interactions are one form of differential item functioning (DIF) where groups vary in their probability of answering questions even after controlling for their levels of ability (see Hambleton, Swaminathan and Rogers, 1991). Item-by-country interactions can be ...


The Iea International Civic And Citizenship Education Study (Iccs) : Design And Concept, Wolfram Schulz, Julian Fraillon Sep 2010

The Iea International Civic And Citizenship Education Study (Iccs) : Design And Concept, Wolfram Schulz, Julian Fraillon

Julian Fraillon

The IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS): Concept and Design - The purpose of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens. The article describes how the learning context for civic education is explored in the ICCS survey. It outlines the conceptual framework, the design of the study and the assessment instruments for students, teachers and school principals as well as a national context survey collecting data on the national contexts for civic and citizenship education.


Policy Verification Case Studies: School Level Capture Of Teacher Certification And Teacher Development Investments – Cycle 1/Final Report., Julie Kos, Phil Mckenzie Jan 2010

Policy Verification Case Studies: School Level Capture Of Teacher Certification And Teacher Development Investments – Cycle 1/Final Report., Julie Kos, Phil Mckenzie

Dr Phillip McKenzie

Submitted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to Contractor Strategic Advisory Services (CSAS).


Quality Of Education In Madrasah: Phase 1 – Findings From Pilot Study One., Julie Kos, Dita Nugroho, Petra Lietz Jan 2010

Quality Of Education In Madrasah: Phase 1 – Findings From Pilot Study One., Julie Kos, Dita Nugroho, Petra Lietz

Dr Petra Lietz

Submitted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to Contractor Strategic Advisory Services (CSAS).


Preschool Education In Australia, Andrew Dowling, Kate O’Malley Dec 2009

Preschool Education In Australia, Andrew Dowling, Kate O’Malley

Policy Briefs

Early childhood education (ECE) in Australia will soon experience a ‘radical makeover.’ In 2008, all Australian governments made a commitment through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that by 2013, all children in the year before formal schooling will have access to high quality early childhood education programs delivered by degreequalified early childhood teachers, for 15 hours per week, 40 weeks of the year, in public, private and community-based preschools and child care. The purpose of this policy brief is to summarise the current structure of preschool in Australia in contemplation of this major policy shift. This paper describes the ...


Blended Spaces, Work-Based Learning And The Notion Of Constructive Alignment : Impacts On Student Engagement, Peter Reaburn, Nona Muldoon, Cheryl Bookallil Dec 2009

Blended Spaces, Work-Based Learning And The Notion Of Constructive Alignment : Impacts On Student Engagement, Peter Reaburn, Nona Muldoon, Cheryl Bookallil

Peter Reaburn

This study examined students’ active engagement in the context of aligned curriculum and instruction. In conjunction with Biggs’ (2003) notion of constructive alignment, the ten principles of engagement suggested by Krause (2005) informed the redesign of an undergraduate course, which was delivered fully online and had a work-based learning component. The results of the present study strongly suggest that the course redesign has lead to significantly increased student engagement and achievement of higher order outcomes. Statistical analyses using Student t-tests revealed highly significant increases (p=0.002) in student engagement as measured by the average total ‘hits per student’ on ...


Quantity Of Parental Involvement: The Influence Of The Level Of Education Attainment Of Elementary Private School Parents, Deborah Kay Secord Dec 2009

Quantity Of Parental Involvement: The Influence Of The Level Of Education Attainment Of Elementary Private School Parents, Deborah Kay Secord

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this research was to determine the influence of the custodial parents' level of educational attainment on the quantity of parental involvement in the areas of assistance with homework, time spent in home activities with the child, communication with teachers, participation in school events, educational discussions with the child, and time volunteered in school. Questionnaires were sent out to the parents of elementary students at two private faith-based institutions. The combined number of participants was 151. The researcher determined that there was no significant influence among these private school parents of the level of educational attainment on the ...


A Unilateral Grading Contract To Improve Learning And Teaching, Peter Elbow Dec 2009

A Unilateral Grading Contract To Improve Learning And Teaching, Peter Elbow

English Department Faculty Publication Series

Contract grading has achieved some prominence in our field as a practice associated with critical pedagogy. In this context, we describe a hybrid grading contract where students earn a course grade of B based not on our evaluation of their writing quality but solely on their completion of the specified activities. The contract lists activities we’ve found most reliable in producing B-quality writing over fourteen weeks. Higher grades are awarded to students who produce exemplary portfolios. Thus we freely give students lots of evaluative feedback on their writing, but students can count on a course grade of B if ...


Differentiating Thinkfinity Lessons, Roberta Wiener Dec 2009

Differentiating Thinkfinity Lessons, Roberta Wiener

Cornerstone 1 Reports : Expansion and Enhancements of the Thinkfinity Platform

No abstract provided.


Can Interim Assessments Be Used For Instructional Change, Margaret E. Goertz, Leslie Nabors Olah, Matthew Riggan Dec 2009

Can Interim Assessments Be Used For Instructional Change, Margaret E. Goertz, Leslie Nabors Olah, Matthew Riggan

CPRE Policy Briefs

The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the use of interim assessments and the policy supports that promote their use to change instruction, focusing on elementary school mathematics. The study looked at how 45 elementary school teachers in a purposive sample of 9 schools in 2 districts used interim assessments in mathematics in 2006-07. The study focused on teachers' use of data in a cycle of instructional improvement; that is, how teachers gather or access evidence about student learning; analyze and interpret that evidence; use evidence to plan instruction; and carry out improved instruction.

Authors conclude that interim ...


From Testing To Teaching: The Use Of Interim Assessments In Classroom Instruction, Margaret E. Goertz, Leslie Nabors Olah, Matthew Riggan Dec 2009

From Testing To Teaching: The Use Of Interim Assessments In Classroom Instruction, Margaret E. Goertz, Leslie Nabors Olah, Matthew Riggan

CPRE Research Reports

The past ten years have witnessed an explosion in the use of interim assessments by school districts across the country. A primary reason for this rapid growth is the assumption that interim assessments can inform and improve instructional practice and thereby contribute to increased student achievement. Testing companies, states, and districts have become invested in selling or creating interim assessments and data management systems designed to help teachers, principals, and district leaders make sense of student data, identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, identify instructional strategies for targeted students, and much more. Districts are keeping their interim tests even under ...


The Relationships Of Learning Style Balance And Learning Dimensions To Self-Directed Learning Propensity Among Adult Learners, Sarah Tullos Hutto Dec 2009

The Relationships Of Learning Style Balance And Learning Dimensions To Self-Directed Learning Propensity Among Adult Learners, Sarah Tullos Hutto

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships of learning style characteristics to self-directed learning propensity among adult learners. The learning style characteristics investigated were learning style balance as measured by a scoring method developed by Mainemelis, Boyatzis, and Kolb (2002) and learning style dimensions as measured by the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI). The Oddi Continuous Learning Instrument (OCLI) was used to measure self-directed learning propensity. A questionnaire was used to collect descriptive information about the participants for age, gender, years of professional work experience, and graduate degree program in the categories of business, education, health, and ...


Assessment Matters #8, Dec 2009, Assessment In Action Committee Dec 2009

Assessment Matters #8, Dec 2009, Assessment In Action Committee

Assessment Matters @ WMU

No abstract provided.


Predictors And Influences Of Graduation Rates In Mississippi Public Schools, Donna Rebekah Holden Chiasson Dec 2009

Predictors And Influences Of Graduation Rates In Mississippi Public Schools, Donna Rebekah Holden Chiasson

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine if possible predictors of graduation rates in Mississippi existed. This study included 10 independent variables and one dependent variable. The independent variables consisted of average daily attendance, algebra I scores, teacher salary, socioeconomic status (as expressed in the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch within a school), eighth grade math MCT scores, eighth grade language MCT scores, the number of teachers with advanced degrees, the school's outcome of Adequate Yearly Progress, school size, and principal leadership style.

The dependent variable was graduation rate. A total of 100 schools ...