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Dawson, Phillip; Henderson, Michael; Mahoney, Paige; Phillips, Michael; Ryan, Tracii; Boud, David; Molloy, Elizabeth – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2019
Since the early 2010s the literature has shifted to view feedback as a process that students do where they make sense of information about work they have done, and use it to improve the quality of their subsequent work. In this view, effective feedback needs to demonstrate effects. However, it is unclear if educators and students share this…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, College Students
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Dawson, Phillip; Sutherland-Smith, Wendy – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2019
Contract cheating occurs when students outsource assessed work. In this study, we asked experienced markers from four disciplines to detect contract cheating in a set of 20 discipline-specific assignments. We then conducted a training workshop to improve their detection accuracy, and afterwards asked them to detect contract cheating in 20 new…
Descriptors: Cheating, Accuracy, Training, Evaluators
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Dawson, Phillip; Sutherland-Smith, Wendy – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Contract cheating is the purchasing of custom-made university assignments with the intention of submitting them. Websites providing contract cheating services often claim this form of cheating is undetectable, and no published research has examined this claim. This paper documents a pilot study where markers were paid to mark a mixture of real…
Descriptors: Cheating, Assignments, Pilot Projects, Undergraduate Students
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Adachi, Chie; Tai, Joanna Hong-Meng; Dawson, Phillip – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Despite compelling evidence of its potential effectiveness, uptake of self and peer assessment in higher education has been slower than expected. As with other assessment practices, self and peer assessment is ultimately enabled, or inhibited, by the actions of individual academics. This paper explores what academics see as the benefits and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Dawson, Phillip – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2017
"Rubric" is a term with a variety of meanings. As the use of rubrics has increased both in research and practice, the term has come to represent divergent practices. These range from secret scoring sheets held by teachers to holistic student-developed articulations of quality. Rubrics are evaluated, mandated, embraced and resisted based…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Evaluation Methods, Models, Student Evaluation
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Nelson, Robert; Dawson, Phillip – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2017
In this article, we investigate competition in education, asking if it is good or bad, and especially if it is old and necessary or new and questionable. Using philological methods, we trace the history of competition and relate it to contemporary educational ideas. In history and modern pedagogical research, competition has a "dark…
Descriptors: Competition, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational History
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Joughin, Gordon; Dawson, Phillip; Boud, David – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2017
Despite widespread recognition of the need to improve assessment in higher education, assessment tasks in individual courses are too often dominated by conventional methods. While changing assessment depends on many factors, improvements to assessment ultimately depend on the decisions and actions of individual educators. This paper considers…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Change, Evaluation, Heuristics
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Nelson, Robert; Dawson, Phillip – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2014
Assessment in education is a recent phenomenon. Although there were counterparts in former epochs, the term assessment only began to be spoken about in education after the Second World War; and, since that time, views, strategies and concerns over assessment have proliferated according to an uncomfortable dynamic. We fear that, increasingly,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Student Evaluation