Filio Constantinou

Filio Constantinou

I am an educational researcher with a special interest in educational linguistics and educational assessment. Before joining Cambridge Assessment I carried out research in the fields of bilingualism and bidialectism focusing specifically on second language writing, second language teaching, language awareness, language ideologies and educational inequalities.

My research at Cambridge Assessment has focused on a wide range of assessment issues, including question writing and question quality, students’ writing performance over time as part of our Aspects of Writing research, comparability of assessment instruments, diachronic perspectives on test design, validity and the sociopolitical underpinnings of assessment. As a member of the qualifications development research team, I provide our examination boards with advice on how to redevelop their qualifications, and have carried out research to support the reform of GCSEs and A Levels. I am currently investigating the use of context in applied qualifications and its implications for validity.

I have a BA in education from the University of Cyprus, an MA in language education from the University of York, an MPhil in educational research from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in educational linguistics also from the University of Cambridge. Recently, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in educational assessment and examinations, a new postgraduate course offered by the Faculty of Education (University of Cambridge) in association with Cambridge Assessment.

Outside of work, I take part in a university initiative for promoting community languages (CRiCLE Network). I am also learning Spanish, and enjoy reading and travelling.

Publications

2018

Strong and weak ‘brands’ in the school curriculum: towards a framework for levelling the curriculum hierarchy
Constantinou, F. (2018). Strong and weak ‘brands’ in the school curriculum: towards a framework for levelling the curriculum hierarchy. Research Papers in Education (ahead of print).
A question of quality: Conceptualisations of quality in the context of educational test questions

Crisp, V., Johnson, M. and Constantinou, F. (2018) A question of quality: Conceptualisations of quality in the context of educational test questions. Research in Education (ahead of print).

2017

Alternative uses of examination data: the case of English Language writing
Chambers, L., Constantinou, F., Zanini, N. and Klir, N. (2017). Presented at the 18th annual AEA Europe conference, Prague, 9-11 November 2017.
Formality in students’ writing over time: empirical findings from the UK
Constantinou, F., Chambers, L., Zanini, N. and Klir, N. (2017). Presented at the annual European Conference of Educational Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-25 August 2017
Multiple voices in tests: towards a macro theory of test writing
Constantinou, F., Crisp, V., and Johnson, M. (2017).  Multiple voices in tests: towards a macro theory of test writing.  Cambridge Journal of Education (ahead of print).
How do question writers compose external examination questions? Question writing as a socio-cognitive process
Johnson, M., Constantinou, F. and Crisp, V. (2017). How do question writers compose external examination questions? Question writing as a socio-cognitive process. British Educational Research Journal (BERJ). 43(4), 700-719.

2016

Research Matters Special Issue 4: Aspects of Writing 1980-2014
Elliott, G., Green, S., Constantinou, F., Vitello, S., Chambers, L., Rushton, N., Ireland, J., Bowyer, J. and Beauchamp, D. (2016). Research Matters Special Issue 4: Aspects of Writing 1980-2014.
How do question writers compose examination questions? Question writing as a socio-cognitive process
Johnson, M., Constantinou, F. and Crisp, V. (2016). Paper presented at the AEA-Europe annual conference, Limassol, Cyprus, 3-5 November 2016
'Question quality': The concept of quality in the context of exam questions
Crisp, V., Johnson, M. and Constantinou, F. (2016). Paper presented at the AEA-Europe annual conference, Limassol, Cyprus,3-5 November 2016
Writing questions for examination papers: a creative process?
Constantinou, F., Crisp, V. and Johnson, M. (2016). Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG 1 - Assessment and Evaluation, Munich, Germany, 24-26 August 2016

2015

Piloting a method for comparing examination question paper demands
Chambers, L., Greatorex, J., Constantinou, F. and Ireland, J. (2015). Paper presented at the AEA-Europe annual conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-7 November 2015.
Piloting a method for comparing examination question paper demands
Greatorex, J., Chambers, L., Constantinou, F. and Ireland, J. (2015).  Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, Belfast, UK, 14-17 September 2015.

Research Matters

Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.