#152 Research in Action 18: Comparative judgement with Ian Jones

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is an episode from season 2 of the Research in Action mini series, where I interview a researcher from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University about their chosen area of interest, and the implications for maths teaching and learning. You can check out all the previous conversations in the series here.

Episode 8 features Ian Jones

Ian is a Reader in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to being a Reader, Ian was a Senior Research Fellow funded by a Royal Society Shuttleworth Education Research Fellowship. Ian lectures mathematics and research mathematics education and assessment. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Warwick and worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before moving to Loughborough University as a Senior Research Fellow funded by the Royal Society. Prior to this Ian worked as a Research Assistant on many projects at several universities, and was a school teacher for ten years.

Ian is an expert on the equals sign and algebraic thinking, and we touch upon that at the end of this conversation. But the main focus point is on comparative judgement. Ian has developed the technique of comparative judgement for maths assessments (now used by Ofqual) and is involved with No More Marking (Daisy Christodoulou). As we will discover in this conversation, Ian is an expert on all things assessment and feedback and standards and validity in examinations, and there are plenty of takeaways for how we might assess our students’ mathematical understanding beyond summative tests.

If you want to download an mp3 version of this episode, you can do so here.

Ian Jones’ Big 3
1. No More Marking and their free comparative judgement tool
2. Sum puzzles
3. Stack assessment

My usual plugs:

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