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Professor Sibel Erduran has been appointed to the Strategic Visioning Expert Group of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2024 Science Framework to be led by Oxford University Press following a successful tender by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is widely acknowledged as the benchmark for evaluating education systems across the world, examining students’ knowledge of mathematics, reading and science. More information about the PISA 2024 Science Framework can be accessed here.

Sibel Erduran is Professor of Science Education and Deputy Director of Research at the department. More information about her role and research interest can be found here.

In September 2019, Pearson, the world’s learning company, in collaboration with the department’s Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) were awarded the PISA 2021 contract for England, Norther Ireland and Wales. More information about their involvement in the 2021 PISA cycle can be be found here.

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Congratulations to Professor Charles Hulme who has recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) conference held in Brighton on 18 – 21 July.

This award honors empirical, theoretical, or scholarly work or collections of works that have served significantly to further the scientific understanding of reading, its processes, its acquisition, or its instruction, and this year recognises Charles’ important work on reading interventions in children which have helped us understand the components that lead to developing good reading skills and has offered clear guidance to teachers on how best to support reading in classrooms.

For more information on Charles’ current projects see here.

A new project funded by Wellcome Trust in association with Gatsby Foundation will be led by Professor Sibel Erduran on “Enhancing Summative Assessment of Practical Science: A Systemic Approach”.

The project, running for 3 years, will be used to inform recommendations for future GCSE and A-level reform and will involve a partnership with AQA.  The project team includes Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Alison Cullinane, Dr Yasmine El Masri, Diana Ng, Dr Lena Gray, Dr Judith Hillier and Dr Ann Childs. Further information about the Wellcome Trust scheme on practical science can be found here.

Assessment in science at KS3 has changed significantly since the abolition of the KS3 SATS in October 2008 and the subsequent introduction of the Assessing Pupils’ Progress Strategy.

This project is carrying out case studies of school science departments who are partners in the department’s Internship Scheme in order to investigate to what extent the strategy has been implemented and to explore teachers’ perceptions of its effectiveness. The findings will inform future Science PGCE seminars about assessment and are also being written up for submission to Assessment for Education.

Research Director: Judith Hillier
Funding body: Oxford University Department of Education Research Committee

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