CAERe at Conferences Part 1: BAAL Vocab SIG 2017 Annual Conference

In the past month, CAERe members have been active at conferences around the UK and Europe. This post is the first in a series that details recent conference presentations and publications. Extracting words from IELTS Writing Task 1. Is it like extracting Sunlight from Cucumbers? CAERe at British Association for Applied Linguistics – Vocabulary Special … More CAERe at Conferences Part 1: BAAL Vocab SIG 2017 Annual Conference

Research Work-In-Progress Round Table discussion on Artemio Cortez’ study

On 21st March, the research work-in-progress round table meeting was held again in the Graduate school of Education. The PhD project being reviewed this time was Artemio Cortez’s thesis entitled: ‘Teacher Evaluation and Continuing Professional Development: Polices to Improve the Quality of Education in Mexico.’ The reviewers and the guest panels together had a very productive time clarifying … More Research Work-In-Progress Round Table discussion on Artemio Cortez’ study

Professor Yang He talks about the Peking University

As part of the Graduate School of Education’s ‘Bristol Conversations in Education‘ seminar series, CAERe invited Professor Yang He of the Peking University (University of Beijing) to give a talk about the 120 years of history, current issues, and visions of the Peking University in the perspective of social science development. While introducing a brief history … More Professor Yang He talks about the Peking University

Professor Sally Thomas visits China for the ESRC’s IAA project

Professor Sally Thomas and Dr. Lei Zhang of Graduate School of Education have recently visited China as part of an ESRC’s IAA (Impact Acceleration Accounts) project (see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/red/industry/esrc-iaa/), which aims to enhance the research impact of the “Improving Teacher Development and Educational Quality” (ITDEQC) and Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality In China” projects (IEEQC) (see: … More Professor Sally Thomas visits China for the ESRC’s IAA project

Research Work-In-Progress Round Table discussion on Jane Nebe’s project

Probably the first big challenge for a doctoral student is to pass the progression review (used to call it ‘upgrade’ in the past) in their second year. Similar to the viva, students need to make oral defence of their written research plans based on the questions posed by two internal examiners. Often students get frustrated … More Research Work-In-Progress Round Table discussion on Jane Nebe’s project

Three PhD student members present their studies at the Language Testing Forum 2016

On 25-27 November, 2016, three of our CAERe members presented their research projects at the Language Testing Forum (LTF) 2016: Assessing languages in higher education which was held at University of Reading. The Language Testing Forum (LTF) is an annual conference held in the UK for more than 35 years and is the most prestigious and … More Three PhD student members present their studies at the Language Testing Forum 2016

Dr. Aek Phakiti’s seminar on test taker’s Appraisal Calibration and strategy use in language tests

As part of the Graduate School of Education’s ‘Bristol Conversations in Education‘ seminar series, CAERe invited Dr. Aek Phakiti of University of Sydney to give a talk based on his recent studies about second language learner’s appraisal calibration and strategic competence. The room was filled with many students and staff members, particularly ones who have keen interests … More Dr. Aek Phakiti’s seminar on test taker’s Appraisal Calibration and strategy use in language tests

EARLI SIG Conference in Oslo 28th-30th Sept 2016

Professor Sally Thomas presented a paper at the EARLI SIGs 18 and 23 joint conference in Oslo on 28th-30th September 2016. The title of the paper was Accountability and Widening Participation in Higher Education: impact of admissions criteria, school type and other factors on student outcomes. Details of presentations and videos of four excellent keynotes can … More EARLI SIG Conference in Oslo 28th-30th Sept 2016

A shared dilemma in secondary education assessments: same problems, different solutions

On the 6th of July 2016, Amelia Peterson, a PhD student of Harvard University came to the Graduate School of Education to give us a talk about diverging secondary school assessment policy in liberal market economies. Amelia claimed the liberal market economies, covering Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and United States, have a shared dilemma in designing secondary education assessments, in relation to the educational and economic challenges … More A shared dilemma in secondary education assessments: same problems, different solutions