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Peter Rawlins


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Massey University
New Zealand

Biography

I have been a teacher since 1985. After 18 years working as a secondary mathematics teacher and senior instructor at an outdoor centre I moved to Massey at the start of 2003. My main area of teaching is in assessment at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. I also teach a mixed methods research course and co-teach the professional inquiry course in the Masters of Education qualification. My current research projects are primarily mixed methods projects investigating a number of initiatives in primary and secondary schools. I am also interested in research into policy development and its impact. I have been a teacher since 1985. After 18 years working as a secondary mathematics teacher and senior instructor at an outdoor centre I moved to Massey at the start of 2003. My main area of teaching is in assessment at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.  I also teach a mixed methods research course and co-teach the professional inquiry course in the Masters of Education qualification. My current research projects are primarily mixed methods projects investigating a number of initiatives in primary and secondary schools.  The first of these is evaluating a trial to put a driving licence scheme into rural secondary schools.  The second investigates changes in teacher self-efficacy as a result of a two-year focus of collaborative professional learning in a group of six primary schools.  I am also involved in a joint PPTA/Massey project investigating the effect of the introduction of charter schools on main stream state funded schools.  My colleagues Dr Tony Carusi and Dr Karen Ashton and I are also writing up a number of articles following up from our work examining the literature base for the Investigating in Educational Success policy.

Research Interest

Use of formative assessment to enhance learning and the use of international achievement programmes ( such as PISA and TIMSS) to determine policy.   

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