UED602 Understanding and Interpreting Education Data
Code and Title
UED602: Understanding and Interpreting Education
1 Report: Critical Analysis of Educational Data
Critically analyse and
interpret reports on large- scale educational data.Evaluate the uses and
limitations of large-scale
educational data and research within complex educational settings.
By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT
Sunday end of Module 3 (Week 6)
45 marks (converted to percentage out of
This assessment task requires you to critically analyse and evaluate a large-scale educational study. You will write a report of your critical analysis that examines the purposes, methods, data, conclusions and recommendations that are presented in the study. Then you will evaluate the limitations and uses of the outcomes of the study for two different educational contexts. This task enables you to think critically about how data and reports from large- scale educational studies are used (and misused) and applied within different educational contexts.
How to prepare for this task:
To complete this
assessment task, you will select a large-scale educational study to critically analyse and evaluate.
Finding an appropriate, detailed report of the study will be important. Some
examples of large-scale educational studies that you could analyse are: TIMSS,
PIRLS, PISA and NAPLAN. The reports from these studies are publicly available
on the Internet, and the report(s) should provide you with enough information
to do this assignment. If you would like to analyse a different study, you
should discuss your ideas with your online facilitator to ensure that it is
appropriate for this assessment task.
As you analyse the report from your large-scale study, you should consider the different elements of the study. When you read the report(s), it is important to note:
- the aims, purposes and scope of the study
- the type of sampling and a description of the participants
- methods that were used to gather the data, including information about the test or survey
- how the data were analysed and presented
- the results that are reported
- application of the test outcomes for two different contexts and
- implications and recommendations that are included in the report.
As you read, pose questions and think critically about each element. If possible, it can be helpful to highlight relevant parts, as well as annotate your ideas and questions on the report itself, so that you can come back to it. It is important to question each component of the report from your large-scale study. This will aid you in understanding the limitations and strengths of the study.
Once you have analysed the report of the large-scale study, consider two different educational contexts. For example, you might choose a primary school and a pre-service teacher education course at a university. Briefly describe the contexts and weigh up the uses and limitations of the large-scale study findings for these two different contexts.
You will need to support your ideas with theory and literature. You will also need to demonstrate your understanding of the readings and skills that you have developed in the first three modules. Your referencing and citations should be APA 6th Edition. HND Assignments
What you will need to write:
Your assessment task should be structured as a report:
- Introduction & Background: Introduce the purpose of your report and the study that you selected. Provide the reader with essential background information about the study (e.g. domain(s) or area of research, aims, purposes and scope).
- The Study Methods: Describe and interrogate the study methods used to collect the data (e.g. how the participants were selected (characteristics and sampling; the test and conditions for testing; etc.).
- Critical Discussion: Critically discuss the reported results of the study and findings in the reports (e.g. what information is included in the results and discussions? Is this information reliable? Are there any problems with it? What information may have been excluded?).
- Evaluation: Select
two specific contexts to evaluate
the uses and limitations of the findings from the report you read.
- Context 1 – Briefly explain relevant features of the context, and from that, the uses and limitations of the study for the context.
- Context 2 – Briefly explain relevant features of the context, and from that, the uses and limitations of the study for the context.
- Conclusions: Include your conclusions about the study and the extent to which the findings can apply to different educational contexts.
- References: Use APA 6th Edition for all referencing and citations.
Submission Instructions and marking criteria:
You will need to submit your written report via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in UED602 Understanding and interpreting education data. You will be provided with feedback via Grade Centre in the LMS portal and viewed in My Grades. Essay typer
The criteria for this assessment task have been broken down into individual elements and represented in the rubric below. This rubric may be different from the ones you have worked with previously, so it is important to understand why it has been constructed this way, how it works, and how you can utilise it to develop your academic skills. With this in mind, please look through the resources that are posted in the assessment area in our subject site.
Please see the assessment rubric below for information regarding how your report will be assessed.
Assessment Rubric: Assessment Task 1
|Criteria||0 Marks||1 Mark||2 Marks||3 Marks||4 Marks|
|1. Appropriateness of the large-scale study that has been selected.||No large-scale study has been selected, or the large-scale study is inappropriate.||A large-scale educational study has been selected for analysis.||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2. Discussion about the background to the study: the aims, purposes, domain(s) and scope.||Background information has not been discussed or is inadequate.||Background information about the study is outlined.||Background information is discussed, highlighting elements such as the aims, purposes, domains and scope of the large-scale study.||N/A||N/A|
|3. Discussion of the sample: type of sample and target population.||The sample has not been discussed.||The sample is identified.||The sample and target population are explained.||The sample and target population are analysed.||N/A|
|4. Discussion about the methods of collecting the data.||The methods of data collection are not discussed or are unclear.||Methods of collecting the data are identified.||Methods of collecting the data are explained.||Methods of collecting data are analysed.||Methods of collecting data are interrogated.|
|5. Critical analysis of the data and results presented in the large-scale study reports.||The data and results of the study are either not discussed, inadequate, unclear or incorrect.||A range of data and results presented in the report from the study are outlined.||A range of data and results presented in the report from the study are discussed.||A range of data and results presented in the report from the study are examined.||The data and results presented in the report from the study are interrogated.|
|6. Strengths of the study.||The strengths of the study are not clear, or not apparent.||Strengths of the study are suggested.||Strengths of the study are addressed and linked with theory.||The strengths of the study are defended using theory and literature to support ideas.||The strengths of the study are critiqued in light of theory and literature.|
|7. Limitations of the study.||The limitations of the study are not clear or not apparent.||The limitations of the study are suggested.||Limitations of the study are considered and linked with theory.||The limitations of the study are debated using theory and literature to support ideas.||The limitations of the study are critiqued in light of theory and literature.|
|8. Description of the educational contexts.||No educational contexts are described.||Educational context(s) are described.||Both educational contexts are explained.||Both educational contexts are analysed.||Educational contexts are juxtaposed.|
|9. Evaluation of the applicability to educational context 1.||Context 1 is not discussed or is not relevant to the study.||Educational context 1 is described and/or linked to the study.||Recommendations from the large-scale study are applied to context 1.||Recommendations from the large-scale study are examined through the lens of educational context 1||Recommendations from the large-scale study are interrogated and critically evaluated regarding the extent to which they may (and/or may not) apply to Context 1.|
|10. Evaluation of the applicability to educational context 2||Context 2 is not discussed or is not relevant to the study.||Educational context 2 is described and/or linked to the study.||Recommendations from the large-scale study are applied to context 2.||Recommendations from the large-scale study are examined through the lens of educational context 2.||Recommendations from the large-scale study are interrogated and critically evaluated regarding the extent to which they may (and/or may not) apply to Context 2.|
|11. Conclusion.||No conclusion is apparent.||The conclusion outlines the main ideas.||The conclusion summarises your ideas about the usefulness of the large-scale study.||The conclusion defends your interpretations about the extent of usefulness of the large- scale study.||The conclusion critically evaluates and justifies your interpretations about the extent of usefulness of the large- scale study.|
|12. Academic expression.||There is little or no evidence of academic expression or editing.||Academic expression is emerging||Academic expression is developing.||Academic expression is mastered.||N/A|
|13. In-text referencing.||Quotes and ideas are not cited; or in adequately cited.||In-text citations represent APA 6th Edition.||In-text citations are consistent and align with APA 6th Edition.||N/A||N/A|
|14. Reference list.||The reference list is not complete, missing or inadequate.||The reference list represents APA 6th Edition.||The reference list is consistent and aligned with APA 6th Edition.||N/A||N/A|
Raw score: /45
(Score will be converted to a percentage out of 100 in ‘My Grades’)
High distinction: (85-100%) – 38-45/45 Distinction: (75-84%) – 34-37/45 Credit: (65-74%) – 29-33/45
Pass: (50-64%) – 23-28/45 Fail (0-49%) – 0-22/45