Facilitating transitions to Masters-level learning through improving formative assessment and feedback

A research project funded by the Higher Education Academy and carried out by the University of Oxford, Roehampton University, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Education, University of London.

This project investigates transitions to and during Master’s degree courses in the UK, working with four groups of students representing transition (a) from pure undergraduate to applied Master’s degrees; (b) from overseas undergraduate to British Master’s degrees; (c) from non-traditional qualifications (= no undergraduate degree) to Master’s degrees; and (d) from full-time work to full-time work plus part-time Master’s  degrees, which we call work intensification. The aim of the project is to examine how improvements in formative assessment can facilitate these transitions. An initial literature review has been completed. Data is now being collected at the Institute of Education, University of London from questionnaires, student journals and a longitudinal series of group and individual interviews with students; through examining course documentation and interviewing tutors . A set of proposals for formative assessment practices will then be trialled in the second year at the Institute of Education, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the proposals will be adjusted in consequence. Dissemination will follow.

Researchers:

 

Dr Catherine Walter, University of Oxford,

Professor David Scott, Dr Mary Stiasny, Professor Sir David Watson, Dr Carol Evans and Dr Gwyneth Hughes, Institute of Education, University of London

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Roehampton University

Professor Sharon Huttly, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr Mandy Bentham, School of Oriental and African Studies

Conference presentations:

  • Walter, C (2010). Becoming a Postgraduate Student: Transitions and Transformations. Presented at The Society for Research into Higher Education, December 2010, Cardiff, UK..

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