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. Extending the number of grades on a qualification: issues to consider

    Lesley Meyer

    The issue of the number of grades a qualification offers is currently a hot topic; University staff are complaining that they are unable to discriminate between the most able candidates when considering applicants to their courses and there are claims from some quarters that the International Baccal...

  2. Levels-based mark schemes and marking bias

    Anne Pinot de Moira

    Reliability and validity are ever-present themes in the evaluation of assessment. Previous research studies have considered the role of the question paper, the mark scheme and the examiners in providing unbiased estimates of students’ ability....

  3. Carry on examining: what predicts examiners' intentions to continue examining?

    Kate Tremain

    AQA is highly reliant on a large body of examiners who are crucial in ensuring that candidates receive timely and reliable results for their high-stakes examinations. As such, the potential ramifications of low examiner satisfaction are significant....

  4. We are researchers- child-led research: children's voice and educational value

    Victoria Spalding

    This paper presents the findings from a pilot study conducted in an English community primary school with 10 and 11 year-old pupils (Year 6), where six child-led research projects were facilitated during a five-week teaching programme....

  5. The fear factor: students’ experiences of test anxiety when taking A-level examinations

    Suzanne Chamberlain, Anthony Daly and Victoria Spalding

    This paper presents the findings of a pilot study that explored students’ experiences of test anxiety when taking A-level examinations....

  6. Test anxiety, heart rate and performance in A-level French speaking mock exams: an exploratory study

    Anthony Daly, Suzanne Chamberlain and Victoria Spalding

    This pilot study explored the relationship between test anxiety, heart rate and academic performance....

  7. Setting and maintaining GCSE and GCE grading standards: the case for contextualised cohort-referencing

    Neil Stringer

    General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE) grading standards are determined by Awarding Bodies using procedures that adhere to the Code of Practice published by the regulator, Ofqual....

  8. Online or face-to-face? An experimental study of examiner training

    Suzanne Chamberlain and Rachel Taylor

    Thousands of examiners are employed to mark candidate scripts from the suite of public examinations offered to students during the compulsory and post-compulsory schooling phases in England, Northern Ireland and Wales....