AQA research team share ideas at AEA Europe conference

Wednesday 20 Dec 2017

AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP) team recently headed to Prague to join a host of assessment experts at the 18th annual conference of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe (AEA-Europe).

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Assessment cultures in a globalised world’ and a number of CERP researchers presented work on a wide range of assessment matters.

AQA plays a prominent role within AEA-Europe as one of its main sponsors, and AQA Director of Research and Compliance, Alex Scharaschkin, is Executive Secretary of the association. AQA also sponsors the Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award, which recognises and promotes the best young researchers engaged in assessment research across Europe.

Topics that featured included a presentation on qualitative research on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), delivered by Charlotte Stephenson, which explored students’ experiences of taking this skills-based qualification.

There was a symposium on measuring the quality of marking in GCSE and A-level exams, where the presenters compared and evaluated three novel approaches to quantifying marking reliability: Generalisability theory; the many-facet Rasch model and confirmatory factor analysis.

Yaw Bimpeh presented his work on the validity of GCSE and A-level assessment design, while Ruth Johnson and Ayesha Ahmed (Cambridge University) presented their findings on the skills used by students in collaborative problem-solving tasks, and explained how these are used in developing a resource to support teachers in the classroom.

Ruth Johnson, Principal Research Manager for CERP, said:

“The conference provided a valuable opportunity for us to share our thinking and practice with colleagues from different countries and organisations.

“We have returned to work with renewed enthusiasm for what we do and a wealth of ideas for future assessment research and development.”

More details about all the research discussed at the conference can be found in this CERP booklet.