Optional assessment submission within Master’s-level learning: teachers’ perceptions

Marie Beresford-Dey, Richard Holme (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    As a result of the report Teaching Scotland’s Future, in 2013 the Scottish Government made available £1.7 million for projects that would facilitate an increase in Master’s-level learning for teachers. One of the projects involved teachers, from a single local authority in Scotland, undertaking a 30-credit module; a distinct element of this project was that participants had the choice to submit the assignment at Master’s level. Two group interviews were conducted with a non-probability volunteer sample taken from the total project group (n = 30). The two research groups comprised either students who submitted their assignment (n = 6) or those who chose not to submit (n = 6). The resulting data was then analysed, taking into account Evans conceptualised model of professionalism and professional development, to determine how attitudinal components relate to the participants’ decision about whether to submit their assessment decision. The study concludes by suggesting that a deeper understanding of the motivation of teachers is essential when planning such continuing professional development/professional learning programmes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)428-443
    Number of pages16
    JournalProfessional Development in Education
    Issue number3
    Early online date28 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Continuing professional development
    • higher education
    • Master’s-level study
    • optional submission
    • professional learning
    • self-efficacy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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