Quality Assurance in Education: Volume 22 Issue 4


Table of contents - Special Issue: Assessment, Accountability and Quality Issues, Accountability and Quality

Can today’s standardized achievement tests yield instructionally useful data?: Challenges, promises and the state of the art

W. James Popham, David C. Berliner, Neal M. Kingston, Susan H. Fuhrman, Steven M. Ladd, Jeffrey Charbonneau, Madhabi Chatterji

Against a backdrop of high-stakes assessment policies in the USA, this paper explores the challenges, promises and the “state of the art” with regard to designing standardized…


On the merits of, and myths about, international assessments

Oren Pizmony-Levy, James Harvey, William H. Schmidt, Richard Noonan, Laura Engel, Michael J. Feuer, Henry Braun, Carla Santorno, Iris C. Rotberg, Paul Ash, Madhabi Chatterji, Judith Torney-Purta

This paper presents a moderated discussion on popular misconceptions, benefits and limitations of International Large-Scale Assessment (ILSA) programs, clarifying how ILSA results…

Bringing formative classroom assessment to schools and making it count

Edmund W. Gordon, Michael V. McGill, Deanna Iceman Sands, Kelley M. Kalinich, James W. Pellegrino, Madhabi Chatterji

The purpose of this article is to present alternative views on the theory and practice of formative assessment (FA), or assessment to support teaching and learning in classrooms…


A moral compass framework for resolution of wicked problems in doctoral education and supervision

John A. Bowden, Pam Green

The purpose of the paper is to design and explain a moral compass framework that informs decision-making by those engaged in shaping the doctoral education and supervision…

The production-based PhD: an action research model for supervisors:

Gail Phillips

This paper aims to demonstrate how action research methodologies can help to define and clarify the pedagogical role of the supervisor in production-based research (PBR). A major…

Pragmatist supervision of doctoral writers

Graham Badley

– The purpose of this paper is to present pragmatism as a useful way for supervisors to help their research students become effective research writers.

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