Since joining Cambridge Assessment I’ve researched a range of assessment topics including, construct validation, comparability, reliability, grading, standardisation of assessors’ judgements (in academic and vocational settings), grade descriptors, examiners’ cognition, context in examination questions, and the cognitive demand of examination questions. I also studied wider education and curriculum themes, such as, teaching approaches in A Level Chemistry and how ‘Application of Number’ teaching was organised in schools and colleges.
Prior to joining Cambridge Assessment I researched the reliability of medics’ judgements when checking mammograms.
I am a Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I hold a MEd from University of Bristol and a MA from Cambridge University. For my PhD, which I obtained at the University of Derby, I investigated learning in healthcare degrees. The research drew from psychology, andragogy and curriculum theory.
My team’s research focuses on education and curriculum. The scope of our work is wide-ranging and open to include all ages, subjects (academic or vocational) and jurisdictions. This builds on the curriculum theory I studied during my PhD, and gives the opportunity to research a variety of key education and curriculum matters.