Developing Generic Criteria and Standards for Law: Processes, Practicalities and Possibilities

Hughes, Clair, Hinchy, Russell and Cappa, Clare (2005). Developing Generic Criteria and Standards for Law: Processes, Practicalities and Possibilities. In: A.Brew and C.Asmar, Higher Education in a Changing World. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia, (347-347). 3-6 July, 2005.


Author Hughes, Clair
Hinchy, Russell
Cappa, Clare
Title of paper Developing Generic Criteria and Standards for Law: Processes, Practicalities and Possibilities
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference
Conference location University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 3-6 July, 2005
Convener Barrie, S.
Proceedings title Higher Education in a Changing World
Publisher HERDSA
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0 908557620
ISSN 0155-6223
Editor A.Brew
C.Asmar
Start page 347
End page 347
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary A shift to a criterion- and standards-referenced approach to assessment is now evident in the policies of many universities. The approach is supported by abundant literature describing its perceived benefits in enhancing the quality of student learning and assessment judgments. However, the innate complexity of implementing this approach can be exacerbated by other issues arising from particular teaching and learning contexts. The focus of this paper is a project undertaken in the law school of a large Australian university in response to issues identified during the implementation of a criterion- referenced assessment policy. In addition to the difficulty of framing effective criteria and standards, significant issues included differing staff interpretations of the policy, consequent implementation inconsistencies, differing marking/grading standards and apprehensions that the discontinuation of norm-referencing would result in grade inflation. The project goal was to support teaching staff in the consistency and quality of their assessment practice through the development of a practical resource - a set of generic criteria and standards that incorporated institutional graduate attributes and that could be adopted or adapted to suit the assessment programs of individual courses. The paper identifies major challenges faced by the project team and explores factors that influenced the critical decisions that determined the form and content of the resource. In conclusion, members of the project team reflect on the learning that resulted from their experience and speculate on possible implications for assessment in the law school and for the organisation as a whole.
Subjects 330109 Assessment and Evaluation
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740301 Higher education
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