Implementing criterion-referenced assessment within a multi-disciplinary university department

Carlson, T. B., Macdonald, D., Gorely, T., Hanrahan, S. J. and Burgess-Limerick, R. J. (2000) Implementing criterion-referenced assessment within a multi-disciplinary university department. Higher Education Research and Development, 19 1: 103-116. doi:10.1080/07294360050020507


Author Carlson, T. B.
Macdonald, D.
Gorely, T.
Hanrahan, S. J.
Burgess-Limerick, R. J.
Title Implementing criterion-referenced assessment within a multi-disciplinary university department
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-4360
Publication date 2000
DOI 10.1080/07294360050020507
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 103
End page 116
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Carfax
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
330305 Teacher Education - Higher Education
740301 Higher education
Abstract This paper is concerned with the reconstruction, at the departmental level, of a university assessment policy that required a shift from norm-referenced assessment to criterion-referenced assessment (CRA). As such, it provides an account of a change process driven by a centralised policy imperative and yet implemented and driven also from a bottom-up process. A wide range of data was gathered using action research methods. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with staff and students, participant journals were kept and successive drafts of criteria and standards, and samples of students' responses were collected. The data suggested that a top-down policy can be successfully combined with a departmental-driven process, if financial and time considerations are addressed and a collaborative process amongst staff is sustained. The use of action learning, as a tool for change, appeared to assist participants to begin to own a top-down policy.
Q-Index Code C1

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