Research library

Browse and search the library of research carried out by the Centre for Education Research and Practice, covering a wide range of topics across education and assessment.

  1. Challenging minds? Students' perceptions of computer-based World Class Tests of problem solving

    Authors: 
    Mary Richardson, Jo-Anne Baird, Jim Ridgway, Martin Ripley, Diane Shorrocks-Taylor and Malcolm Swan

    World Class Arena is a British government initiative to assess and develop the skills of gifted and talented children. Part of the strategy is to use computer-based tests. Students attempt tasks that require them to engage in higher-order problem solving, often in interactive, realistic, contexts....

  2. Is the whole worth more than the sum of the parts? Studies of examiners' grading of individual papers and candidates' whole A-level examination performances

    Authors: 
    Jo-Anne Baird and Alex Scharaschkin

    Typically, students are assessed on elements of their performance, and it is assumed that the sum of marks for these elements will be just as impressive as the students' whole performances. Examiners might expect more for a particular grade if they only see parts of the students' work separately....

  3. Marking consistency over time

    Authors: 
    Anne Pinot de Moira, Claire Massey, Jo-Anne Baird and Marie Morrissy

    It is of great importance that examination bodies award candidates grades which correctly reflect the quality of work presented because, ultimately, examination results can affect life chances....