Managing complex assessment interventions: research within research

Evans, Carol A. and Winstone, Naomi E. and Hughes, Annie and Zhu, Xiaotong and Balloo, Kieran ORCID: and Kyei, Chantal (2018) Managing complex assessment interventions: research within research. In: Society for Research into Higher Education International Research Conference 2019: The Changing Shape of Higher Education - Can Excellence and Inclusion Cohabit?, 5 Dec - 7 Dec 2018, Newport, United Kingdom.

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Managing complex assessment interventions within higher education is especially challenging given transparency, accountability, equity, and value for money agendas impacting higher education (Caspersen, Smeby, & Aamodt, 2017; Mountford-Zimdars, Sabri, Moore, Sanders, Jones, & Higham, 2015). Institutional responses to such agendas directly impact work at the project implementation level requiring increasing agility and adaptability in the current HE climate.

This paper highlights the importance of evaluative processes as a central component of project design. We describe a process to explore the experiences of those leading and managing a complex assessment intervention focused on promoting the self-regulatory development of undergraduate students in three higher education institutions in the UK. In doing so, it highlights the importance of an iterative evaluative approach embedded within the project design and the complexities inherent in trying to implement the project in practice, mindful of the need for rigour regarding the use of data, choice of methodologies, and inferences that could reasonably be deduced from the research. The need for ongoing evaluation as integral to project management is highlighted. Tools and approaches to support this evaluative process as part of ‘research within research’ will be elucidated and shared.

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Additional Information: Abstract #0598. Abstract only published.
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 02:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: complex interventions, assessment, evaluation, research within research
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education

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