Bloxham, S., Hughes, C. & Adie, LE. (2016). What's the point of moderation? A discussion of the purposes achieved through contemporary moderation practices. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education,41(4), 638-653. United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2015.1039932
An increasingly regulated higher education sector is renewing its attention to those activities referred to as ‘moderation’ in its efforts to ensure that judgements of student achievement are based on appropriate standards. Moderation practices conducted throughout the assessment process can result in purposes identified as equity, justification, accountability and community building. This paper draws on the limited studies of moderation and wider relevant research on judgement, standards and professional learning to test commonly used moderation practices against these identified purposes. The paper concludes with recommendations for maximising the potential of moderation practices to establish and maintain achievement standards.
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