Exploring the assessment experiences of postgraduate international students: developing ‘culturally sensitive’ practices

Helen L Knowler, Lisa Lucas

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This paper responds to Yorke’s (2003) claim that assessment is currently under-theorised across higher education and reports on a qualitative research project which seeks to understand more fully the ways in which international students understand and experience assessment at postgraduate level. The project is underpinned by an approach that conceptualises students’ experiences as important sources of information about the dynamic relationship between assessment and learning. An exploratory research design was utilised because the participation from students was crucial in helping us to challenge assumptions about ‘effective’ assessment processes in an international higher education context. Students took part planned activities during consultation events. Students were offered an opportunity to reflect upon ‘assessment experiences’ and were invited to suggest ways that they felt assessment processes could be improved. Data generated at these events were analysed using thematic analysis and findings were used to formulate an action plan to enhance future assessment provision.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventSociety for Research in Higher Education - Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Dec 201214 Dec 2012


ConferenceSociety for Research in Higher Education
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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