Schrodinger’s Cat and the School Assessment Paradox
High-stakes educational assessment is a feature of schooling around the world,
withinternational comparisons such as PISA used by governments to direct educational policy. Yet all such grading systems are based on a ‘measurement paradigm’ and their validity and reliability are rarely called into question. Drawing upon the analogy of measurement within quantum physics, Professor Davies will seek to problematise educational assessment and consider some of the alternatives to testing. findings from several research projects exploring innovative approaches to assessing children’s scientific skills and conceptual understanding will feed into his proposals for a fresh approach to support the Successful Futures curriculum in Wales.
Professor Dan Davies
Following a physics degree, Professor Davies started his teaching career in South London primary schools. He worked as an education officer for the Design Council before taking a Master’s Degree in Design & Technology education and moving into teacher education at Goldsmiths University of London. He worked at Bath Spa University for 16 years, firstly as a lecturer in primary science education, then as PGCE Programme Leader, Head of Primary Education and Assistant Dean for Research. He gained his professorship in science and technology education in 2005, which was re-conferred by Cardiff Metropolitan University when he started his role as Dean of Education in 2015. He has written five books and numerous journal articles deriving from his research in primary science and technology education over the past 20 years.
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