Dependability – the one-handed clock

This is  my final post relating directly to the Earli/Northumbria Assessment Conference. Well that’s a relief I hear you say. It was an amazing conference for me, coming at just the right time in my thinking about broader issues in assessment.

This post continues the theme of ‘quality’. In the final keynote, instead of dealing separately with issues of validity, reliability, authenticity and manageability (in practical terms), Professor Gordon Stobart talked about a ‘one handed clock’ . You have to decide where in the 360-degree round to place the one hand when construct validity, reliability and manageability are equally spaced (at 120 degree intervals) around it.  This is a useful way of thinking, capturing the tensions I was trying to describe in my previous post.

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