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The Work of the Course: validity and reliability in assessing English Literature

Hodgson, John; Greenwell, Bill

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John Hodgson john.hodgson@uwe.ac.uk

Bill Greenwell



Abstract

© 2017 National Association for the Teaching of English This article reflects on the values and practices of a revolutionary UK A level (senior secondary) course that achieved a high degree of validity and reliability in assessing the study of English literature. John Hodgson and Bill Greenwell were involved in its teaching and assessment from an early stage, and Greenwell's comments on an early draft of the article have been incorporated. The practice of literary response enshrined in the course was based on a striking application of “personal response” to literature, gave students opportunities to show capability in studying and writing a range of literary styles and genres, and engaged teachers regionally and nationally in a developed professional community of practice. It remains a touchstone of quality as well as of innovation in English curriculum and assessment.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal English in Education
Print ISSN 0425-0494
Electronic ISSN 1754-8845
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 1
Pages 100-111
APA6 Citation Hodgson, J., & Greenwell, B. (2017). The Work of the Course: validity and reliability in assessing English Literature. English in Education, 51(1), 100-111. https://doi.org/10.1111/eie.12132
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/eie.12132
Keywords english literature, assessment, validity, reliability, A level
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eie.12132
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hodgson, J. and Greenwell, B. (2017) The work of the course: Validity and reliability in assessing English Literature. English in Education, 51 (1). pp. 100-111, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eie.12132. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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