Department of Education

Jeanne Ryan

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Prior to her doctoral research, she has completed a BA in Classical Languages and Psychology at Bryn Mawr College, an MPhil in Linguistics and Philology at Oxford and, most recently, an MSc in Comparative and International Education at Oxford.

Her present research focuses on the assessment of reading, investigating how reading is defined and analysing assessment materials for the linguistic and cultural properties present in reading assessments. Currently, she is comparing the assessment of reading in PISA Reading Literacy, in GCSE English and in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (or MCAS) English Language Arts programme.

Her particular interest lies in the relationship between the linguistic properties of text with the social and cultural properties of texts at work in the assessment of reading. She is also interested in the use of corpus linguistics-based methods within language assessment.

Thesis

Deconstructing the construct of reading: a comparison of reading assessment across PISA Reading Literacy, GCSE English and MCAS English Language Arts

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