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The English 30-1 Diploma Exam: Assessment practices and pedagogy

  • Author / Creator
    Melnyk, Tracy
  • Across the province of Alberta, in the January 2010 sitting of the Government mandated English Language Arts 30-1 diploma exam, the average grade for this exam was 62%. Serious concerns erupted because of this drop in mark, concerns that led to my research study. The purpose of this research was to explore how senior high school English Language Arts 30-1 teachers taught and assessed their English Language Arts 30-1 course, and if the English Language Arts 30-1 final assessment of the Diploma Exam exerted pressures on their assessment practices and pedagogy. The question explored was: “How do English 30-1 diploma exams influence teacher assessment practices and pedagogy?” My study found that the English Language Arts 30-1 Diploma Exam influenced the way English Language Arts 30-1 teachers teach and similarly controlled the way teachers assess student work in this high-stakes course. This study recommends that the current weight of the diploma exam be reconsidered to benefit the grade 12 students in the province of Alberta.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3VS9Z
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Johnston, Ingrid (Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Iveson, Margaret (Secondary Education)
    • Johnston, Ingrid (Secondary Education)
    • Wiltse, Lynne (Elementary Education)