Large Scale Assessment in Education

Subject EDUC90206 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours for internal mode students. External mode students can expect a total workload of approximately 240 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Basic statistics such as those taught in Quantitative Methods.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Margaret Wu
Subject Overview: This subject reviews educational measurement and assessment studies that focus on learning outcomes and the factors that influence those outcomes. It investigates the links between research questions with policy issues; ways to formulate these and link them to conceptual frameworks. Topics include sampling designs, sample size and weighting; defining who and what to measure; data quality and treatment of omitted and missing data; longitudinal and cross sectional studies, causality and correlation, measures of growth, value added analyses, implications of hierarchical data structures and analyses, and reviews of research and evaluation reports.
Objectives: By the completion of this subject, students are expected to:
  • Understand the typical steps taken in large-scale assessments in educational contexts, including data collection, data analyses and reporting
  • Understand issues surrounding large-scale assessments, including the impact of the assessments educationally and politically
  • Understand technical aspects of large-scale assessments, including test design, sampling, confidence level of estimates and scaling methodologies
Assessment: Weekly online discussion topics (3,000 words in total) will be supplemented by a 2,000 word paper designing an assessment based study and a 3,000 word review of a report of a large scale study.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: To equip students with skills and understanding necessary to conduct large scale survey research.
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