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. The technical baccalaureate: providing excellence in vocational education?

    Authors: 
    Daniel Acquah and Debra Malpass

    Proposals for a technical baccalaureate have received cross-party support in England. The technical baccalaureate is intended to deliver the necessary training to enable young people to fill the UK’s skills gap in intermediate-level occupations in STEM and other sectors....

  2. Examining assessment

    Authors: 
    Lena Gray, Claire Jackson and Lindsay Simmonds

    AQA’s research – carried out within the Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP), under the auspices of the AQA Research Committee – has its roots in a number of predecessor bodies, including the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) and the Associated Examining Board (AEB)....

  3. Constructing validity arguments for test combinations

    Authors: 
    Saskia Wools, Theo Eggen and Anton Béguin

    The argument-based approach to validation has been widely adopted in validation theory. However, this approach aims to validate the intended interpretation and use of a single test or assessment. This article proposes an extension of the argument-based approach for validation of multiple tests....

  4. Public service markets: their economics, institutional oversight and regulation

    Authors: 
    Xeni Dassiou, Peter Langham, Charles Nancarrow, Alex Scharaschkin and Dan Ward

    Public services in the United Kingdom have been transformed over the past 25 years with the introduction of market-oriented solutions into their provision. This has been characterized by a shift away from state provision to independent providers, and by the introduction of competition and choice....

  5. The effect of differential motivation on IRT linking

    Authors: 
    Marie-Anne Mittelhaëuser, Anton Béguin and Klaas Sijtsma

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether simulated differential motivation between the stakes for operational tests and anchor items produces an invalid linking result if the Rasch model is used to link the operational tests....

  6. Does the Extended Project Qualification enhance students’ GCE A-level performance?

    Authors: 
    Ben Jones

    The skills nurtured by, and engendered through, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are clearly stipulated, and have led to its becoming an increasingly popular qualification with all its stakeholders: students, colleges, employers and higher education....