Practitioner Research in Higher Education, Vol 6, No 2 (2012)

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The assessment, marking and feedback inventory (AMFI): a tool for exploring the practitioner perspective in the subject disciplines

Lin Susan Norton, Bill Norton, Ian Sadler


This study is part of a larger research project originally funded by the Write Now CETL looking at assessment, marking and feedback from the lecturers’ perspective. Earlier findings have suggested that with new lecturers at least, there are some discipline differences in how able they feel they can put into practice what they have learned about assessment pedagogy on their PGCert courses. To explore these differences further with experienced lecturers, we have designed a more general tool called the Assessment, Marking and Feedback Inventory (AMFI). This was completed by 45 lecturers from a single UK university. Findings suggest that lecturers feel that one of the barriers to good assessment and feedback practice is time and workload. There were also some indications of discipline differences with lecturers from hard applied disciplines feeling this more strongly than those from the soft disciplines.

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ISSN 1755-1382