Barry McGaw

Barry McGaw
University of Melbourne | MSD · Melbourne Graduate School for Education

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A great deal is expected of education. For individuals, it is to ensure that they realise their full potential, in the process ameliorating the effects of social disadvantage. For nations, it is to raise their levels of ‘human and social capital’ to build successful knowledge economies. Expectations are powerful, but they can be limiting as well as...
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This article overviews the history and features of the development of an Australia-wide F-10 curriculum over the last two decades. The discussion is set in the context of international efforts to measure the quality of educational efforts, specifically through the PISA and TEA surveys. Special focus is given to how religious worldviews are dealt wi...
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Following a growing awareness that many countries are moving from an industrial-based to information-based economy and that education systems must respond to this change, the Assessment and Teaching of Twenty-First Century Skills Project (ATC21S) was launched at the Learning and Technology World Forum in London in January 2009. The project, sponsor...
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Scores on 12 aptitude and achievement tests for 11,743 subjects, subdivided into four groups according to intelligence and socioeconomic status, were used. A technique, developed by Jöreskog, for simultaneously factor analysing data from several populations was used to determine whether there was factorial invariance over the four groups. A model,...
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Rapid-and seemingly accelerating-changes in the economies of developed nations are having a proportional effect on the skill sets required of workers in many new jobs. Work environments are often technology-heavy, while problems are frequently ill-defined and tackled by multidisciplinary teams. This book contains insights based on research conducte...
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In their reactions to my paper, the four authors provide comments that are illuminating and helpful for continuing discussions of the nature and utility of quantitative, comparative, international studies of educational achievement. In this response, I comment further on the issues of test characteristics, sample design, culture and causation.
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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) underpins its extensive policy work with strong databases of comparable statistics and indicators with which it compares countries. In 2000, it extended its education database with its first collection of data on the performances of 15‐year‐olds in reading, mathematics and science thr...
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Following the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2000, scepticism about e-learning replaced over-enthusiasm. Rhetoric aside, where do we stand? Why and how do different kinds of tertiary education institutions engage in e-learning? What do institutions perceive to be the pedagogic impact of e-learning in its different forms? How do institutions underst...
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This book brings together up-to-date statistics, case studies and policy reports on the major trends and developments in cross-border post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Topics covered include policy initiatives to promote cross-border post-secondary education; rationales for delivering or receiving cross...
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With rapid growth in cross-border education and developments such as e-learning, for-profit providers, and remote campuses challenging accreditation frameworks, this book examines the situation in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan with a view towards working with UNESCO on a set of guidelines on quality provision in cross-bord...
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International studies of educational achievements have been conducted since the early 1960s. According to Husén and Tuijnman (1994, p. 6), such an empirical approach in comparative education was made possible by developments in sample survey methodology, group testing techniques, test development, and data analysis. A group of American and European...
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Conclusion There are volumes of data and much other information potentially available for school systems and schools for evaluating performance and modifying policy and practice. There is always a risk of injudicious data gathering that creates more information than can sensibly be used. We often known more than we understand. Careful selection of...
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Societies continue to have high expectations of education. There may be disappointment with the current achievements of education systems but commitments to change and reform bear testimony to an underlying faith that education has much to offer - to individuals and to societies as a whole.
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Systematic and disciplined assessment of individual abilities and achievements have had a substantial impact on educational processes and systems. The impact, however, has not always been positive. Where it provides teachers, students, parents, and others with information they do not already have, it offers real benefits. Where it genuinely diagnos...
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Almost a third of all schools in Australia responded to an invitation to express views about how Australia's schools might be made more effective. This report presents the views that schools should have a full-blown view of what Australia wants for its children and youth, and they should be concerned with personal and social as well as intellectual...
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This review of educational research in Australia was stimulated by the Australian Research Council which convened a meeting of representatives of major stakeholders in educational research in December 1990. That meeting established terms of reference for the Review, appointed a review panel to take responsibility for the detailed work and continued...
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The 70 items of the Test of Science Related Attitudes (TOSRA) were given to 1041 students who responded directly to them as attitude test items and to 39 teachers who were asked to assign the items to categories, without directions about either the number of categories to be used or the criteria to be employed in establishing them. Factor analysis...
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In an attempt to resolve conflicting conclusions arising from previous analyses, the LISREL method of Jöreskog was applied to the data of Kropp and Stoker. It was found that the simplex assumption underlying Bloom's taxonomy is supported when the knowledge category is deleted from the taxonomy.
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Meta-analysis, as a procedure for integrating the results of empirical studies, depends on the quantification of the results of individual investigations. The standardized mean difference in performance between treatment and control conditions has been conventionally used for this purpose. There are difficulties with this technique when group stand...
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The tradition in Australia of strong system control over the curriculum has been changed significantly by the devolution of responsibility for curriculum development to the school level. The State systems, however, have not devolved the responsibility for curriculum evaluation to the same extent as they have the responsibility for curriculum develo...
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This paper summarizes the results of a number of Queensland studies of selection of students for admission to tertiary institutions. Data presented allow a comparison of external public examinations, school assessments moderated through a process of teacher consultation, and school assessments moderated by rescaling against a measure of scholastic...
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The Delphi technique provides a means for obtaining systematic judgments about future policies or events. Exploratory Delphi studies have sought to develop accurate pictures of the future as it will inevitably be. Normative Delphi studies have sought to establish the shape of the future which is desired, to provide a basis for policy manipulation....
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Describes 3 experiments in which undergraduates (N = 76) and graduate students (N = 84) were exposed to sentences containing general terms and then attempted to recall the last word of each sentence given single-word retrieval cues. Among 2 matched low associates of a general term, the cue referring to a case that resembled the most probable exempl...
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Examined the direction of the facilitative effect of questions inserted at intervals in prose material in terms of the textual distance of particular information in the passage from the inserted questions and the relationship between the information tested by the inserted questions and that tested by the criterion test items. Results with 140 under...
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Scores on 12 aptitude and achievement tests for 11, 743 subjects, subdivided into four groups according to intelligence and socioeconomic status, were used. A technique, developed by Jöreskog, for simultaneously factor analyzing data from several populations was used to determine whether there was factorial invariance over the four groups. A model,...
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Education policy often seems to be based on intuition, ideology or conventional wisdom about what works. With a base as insecure as this, policy change can be frequent and inadequately justified so many countries are currently seeking to build a more secure evidence base for policies. This paper gives examples of quantitative bases that can offer s...
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The range of research literature potentially relevant to the work of a specialist institute for school leaders is enormous - even co-extensive with the corpus of educational research literature if the concerns of the leaders are broad enough. One way to achieve some focus, particularly in the early life of the College, would be to focus on research...
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Director for Education Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Educational attainment is increasing – in many countries very rapidly. Among other things, this creates a better educated public, less willing than in the past to defer to professional authority. The medical profession is experiencing this as 'patients' are more willing t...
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