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ERIC Number: EJ907586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
An Exploration of the Effect of Pre-Release Examination Materials on Classroom Practice in the UK
Johnson, Martin; Crisp, Victoria
Research in Education, v82 n1 p47-59 Nov 2009
Although the school assessment context in England relies heavily on externally imposed forms of testing, it also takes many different forms, including the use of examinations with pre-release materials. These examinations allow teachers and students early access to materials that will be used during assessments at a later date. This project uses a focus on validity and effects on motivation to explore this under-theorised assessment form. Data were gathered from six secondary schools that were using pre-release materials in advance of a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) geography examination. These data were collected via teacher interviews, lesson observations, and a questionnaire to students. Study findings suggest that the pre-release examination mode was beneficial in terms of: motivation; providing a positive learning experience; and facilitating the assessment of higher order types of skills to those often tested by other exams. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)