Student performance in high-stakes examinations based on content area in senior secondary (VCE) physical education

Whittle, R, Benson, A, Ullah, S and Telford, A 2017, 'Student performance in high-stakes examinations based on content area in senior secondary (VCE) physical education', Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 632-646.


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Title Student performance in high-stakes examinations based on content area in senior secondary (VCE) physical education
Author(s) Whittle, R
Benson, A
Ullah, S
Telford, A
Year 2017
Journal name Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Volume number 22
Issue number 6
Start page 632
End page 646
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Background: Senior secondary physical education courses for certification continue to evolve with curricula reform occurring to ensure content is contemporary, student learning outcomes are maximised and assessment practices are valid for determining certification of students. The content of examinable senior secondary physical education courses privilege theoretical concepts over student physical performance of motor skills and this is reflected in the use of written assessment of cognitive outcomes in many courses internationally. Purpose: Student examination data were analysed from the year 12 (exit year) written examination of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Physical Education to determine if student performance varied by Area of Study (content). Additionally, it investigated whether there was a relationship between student performance in each of the four Areas of Study examined and overall examination performance and considered the alignment of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy and the implications the findings may have on the teaching of VCE Physical Education in the future. Methods: A secondary data analysis of student results from the 2011 (n = 9323; M = 5212, F = 4111) and 2012 (n = 8781; M = 5011, F = 3770) VCE Physical Education (Victoria, Australia) examinations were conducted. Examination questions were categorised by content, and means and standard deviations (SD) for discrete and continuous data were calculated, and categorical variables were presented as percentages. Regression analysis was also performed to establish the relationship between student cohort size and examination scores. An independent sample t-test was used to explore the examination scores and each Area of Study scores across 2011 and 2012. A one-way ANOVA were performed to investigate the differences of each Area of Study scores between examination grades from UG to A+.
Subject Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) Curriculum
Ability
DOI - identifier 10.1080/17408989.2017.1310831
Copyright notice © 2017 Association for Physical Education.
ISSN 1740-8989
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