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dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Jean
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1. What are the key expectations for moderation policy? 2. What is the practice of internal moderation from the perspectives of lecturers? 3. What are the challenges experienced by lecturers during the internal moderation process? ABSTRACT: The emergence of ‘quality’ as a key focus of educational leadership reflects current international trends in educational management that place policy emphasis on improvements to quality assurance and accountability. Moderation of assessment has come to embody this emerging policy focus and plays an increasingly important role within tertiary sector quality assurance systems. This small scale qualitative study drew on a case study research framework to investigate the perceptions and experiences of lecturers and moderators who are implementing the internal moderation policy of an undergraduate programme at an ITP sector institution. This research investigated issues associated with the translation of moderation policy into practice, particularly the underlying practitioner values and the associated practice challenges and tensions. The research method utilised was semi-structured face to face interviews with six lecturers/moderators. The research found evidence of a complex and distinct moderation culture among practitioners in the School that is supported by a range of values that underpin the approach. Strong support was found for moderation as an academic quality assurance process, along with resistance to a focus on compliance, and there was also found to be an aspiration for moderation to support and drive improvements to the student experience and learning outcomes. It was found that practitioners rated the skills, experience, knowledge and workload capacity of moderators to be the key factor in determining the effectiveness of moderation, with policy playing a less important, supporting role. A range of challenges to effective practice are outlined, including the identification of policy tensions related to the recognition and management of moderator workloads and professional development. This research highlights the complexities and challenges for educational leaders in the development and implementation of effective moderation policy, which needs to recognise and support the diversity of a positive moderation culture within an institute, while resolving the tensions that are inherent in achieving a balance between quality assurance and supporting teaching and learning.en_NZ
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dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectInstitutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)en_NZ
dc.subjectperformance appraisalen_NZ
dc.subjectundergraduate lecturersen_NZ
dc.subjectmoderation policyen_NZ
dc.titleInternal moderation of assessment in an ITP sector institution : translating policy into practiceen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Dissertationen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Educational Leadership and Managementen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130303 Education Assessment and Evaluationen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSimpson, J. (2019). Internal moderation of assessment in an ITP sector institution: Translating policy into practice. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Educational Leadership and Management). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealand
unitec.advisor.principalHowse, Jo
unitec.advisor.associatedCardno, Carol

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