Questioning Questions

Effective learning – how can assessment help?

Our one-day conference asked 'how can assessment be used to drive effective learning?'

You can watch the highlights video to get a taste of the conference and watch the presentations in full on this page.

Effective questioning is fundamental to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, whether questions are posed in a classroom, in an examination hall or mediated through technology in a test centre. What is the correct balance between preparing for summative assessment and using formative assessment to secure deep learning? What are the best kinds of questions to ask and what are the best kinds of answers to elicit? Does using summative exam questions for formative assessment work? Read more.

To help unpick the issues surrounding the debate we were joined by Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, and No More Marking's Director of Education Daisy Christodoulou, alongside our researchers from across the Group.

The conversation continues online #CamEdLive.

Cambridge Perspective

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Questions are vital in education "because they make us think, they make us state what we know and don’t know", Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Executive Cambridge Assessment International Education explains.

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Our Research

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Insight into the latest research being carried out across the Cambridge Assessment Group looking at rich questions, question writing, and the role of technology.

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Alternative Perspectives

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Lucy Crehan looks at the use of questions in schools around the world; whilst Simon Peyton Jones sets out a project for crowd-sourcing questions.

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Keynote Debate

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Daisy Christodoulou and Professor Bill Lucas ignite the debate around the role of questions in education.

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