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Research interests

  • Moderation
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Scaling
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Design

Competitive grants and projects

2002 Evaluating vocational education and training measures of institutional performance (with Peter Noonan). National Centre for Vocational Education Research
2001 Review of the vocational education and training delegation of the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies (with Peter Noonan). Queensland Department of Training
1998-2000 Social, educational and personal influences on aspiration: Why people study vocational education and training. National Centre for Vocational Education Research
1998-1999 Evaluation of a project to develop school-based principles of teaching and learning. Girls Grammar School (A project supported as part of the National Innovation and Best Practice Project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs)
1996-1997 Processes of teacher judgement of achievement standards in performance assessments. Australian Research Council Large Grant
1995 Development and trial of a manual for developing a school-based assessment policy (with Christa van Kraayenoord). Metropolitan West Region Southern Vale School Support Centre, Queensland Department of Education
1995 Judgement of achievement standards in performance assessments. Research Committee, Graduate School of Education, University of Queensland
1993-1994 External review of selection into TAFE Queensland diploma courses. Queensland Department of Employment, Vocational Education, Training and Industrial Relations (DEVETIR)
1990 Evaluation of student attrition in selected courses offered by the Business Studies Section of Queensland Distance Education College (with Joy Cumming). Queensland Distance Education College
1988 Evaluation of the Koorie Teacher Education Program at Deakin University (with Joy Cumming). Aboriginal Education Section, Commonwealth Department of Employment Education & Training
1987 Evaluation of the Trial Units for the National Curriculum Project on Electoral Education (with Joy Cumming). Australian Electoral Commission
1985 Survey of professional needs and expectations of beginning secondary school teachers. Queensland Board of Teacher Education
1981-1982 Evaluation of the Queensland Road Safety Council Motorcycle Training Programme. Queensland Department of Transport

Research consultancy projects

2009-2011 Various projects for Griffith University (2009–2011): Survey development, ARC Project on National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy; indexing two books for publication; marking of student assignments and examinations
2009 Consultancy to Learning and Teaching Scotland on primary school assessment and moderation, September 2009
2009 Consultancy to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for development of an implementation plan for the merger of the South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (SPBEA) with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji
2008 Consultancy (with Peter Fensham) to Education Queensland for preparation of Queensland Report on Science Performance on the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2008.
2007 Consultancy to Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) for preparation of a discussion paper on moderation
2007 Consultancy to University of Southern Queensland for advice and preparation of materials for implementing Assessment Working Group recommendations
2006 Consultancy to University of Southern Queensland, advising and assisting Assessment Working Group on preparation of its final report and recommendations
2006 Consultancy to Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) for advice on the Queensland Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework (QCAR)
2006 Consultancy to Centre for Educational Policy Research, University of Oregon for analysis, presentation and report on various projects

Publications

Books

Maxwell, G.S. (in preparation). Using data to improve student learning: Perspectives, practices and possibilities. Contracted to Springer Publishers as a volume in the series, The Enabling Power of Assessment, edited by Claire Wyatt-Smith.

Book chapters

Cumming, J.J., & Maxwell, G.S. (2014). Expanding approaches to summative assessment for students with impairment. In L. Florian (Ed.), SAGE Handbook of Special Education (2nd ed.) (pp.573–596). (Date of Acceptance 14 December 2012)
Maxwell, G.S., & Cumming, J.J. (2011). Managing without public examinations: Successful and sustained curriculum and assessment reform in Queensland. In L. Yates, C. Collins and K. O’Connor (Eds.), Australia’s curriculum dilemmas: State perspectives and changing times (pp. 202–222) Melbourne University Press.
Maxwell, G.S. (2010). Moderation of student work by teachers. In B. McGaw, E. Baker & P. Peterson (editors-in- chief) International encyclopedia of education (vol. 3) (pp. 457–463). Oxford: Elsevier.
Maxwell, G.S. (2009). Defining standards for the 21st century. In Wyatt-Smith, C.M. & Cumming, J.J. (Eds), Educational assessment in the 21st century: Connecting theory and practice (pp. 269–293). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Sebba, J., & Maxwell, G. (2005). Case studies of Queensland schools. In Formative assessment: Improving learning in secondary classrooms (pp. 191-203). Paris: Centre for Educational research and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). [ISBN 92-64-00739-3]
Maxwell, G.S. (1997). Teacher judgement of achievement standards in performance assessments. In D. Ajar &
H.M. Kandarakis (Eds), New Horizons in Learning Assessment: Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Montreal, Canada, June 1995 (pp. 27–40). Montreal: University of Montreal. [ISBN 2 9804987 0 X]
Maxwell, G.S. (1995). School-based assessment in Queensland. In C. Collins (Ed.), Curriculum Stocktake: Evaluating School Curriculum Change. Canberra: Australian College of Education (pp. 88–102).
Maxwell, G.S. (1992). Criteria and standards based assessment in applied statistical mathematics. In M. Stephens & J. Izard (Eds.), Reshaping assessment practices: Assessment in the mathematical sciences under challenge. Hawthorn, Vic.: Australian Council for Educational Research (pp. 288–302).
Maxwell, G.S. (1990). Analysis of an initial proposal for a student profile. Appendix IV-1 in N. Viviani, The review of tertiary entrance in Queensland 1990 (pp. 115–121). Brisbane: Queensland Department of Education.
Maxwell, G.S. (1990). Finer-grained scaling of school-based assessments as a part of a process of profiling student achievement. Appendix IV-3 in N. Viviani, The review of tertiary entrance in Queensland 1990 (pp. 127–131). Brisbane: Queensland Department of Education.
Maxwell, G.S. (1990). Fields and field positions. Appendix IV-5 in N. Viviani, The review of tertiary entrance in Queensland 1990 (pp. 135–137). Brisbane: Queensland Department of Education.
Maxwell, G.S. (1990). Scaling for the new student profiling system. Appendix IV-9 in N. Viviani, The review of tertiary entrance in Queensland 1990 (pp. 157–161). Brisbane: Queensland Department of Education.
Maxwell, G.S. (1987). Scaling school-based assessments for calculating Overall Achievement Positions. Appendix 1 in Tertiary Entrance in Queensland: A Review. (Report of the Working Party on Tertiary Entrance) (pp. 190– 200). Brisbane: Board of Secondary School Studies and Joint Advisory Committee on Post-Secondary Education. [Also in The Tertiary Entrance Score — A Technical Handbook of Procedures. Brisbane: Board of (Senior) Secondary School Studies, 1988, pp. 44–52.]
Maxwell, G.S. (1987). A theoretical model for a single general measure of school achievements and its consequences for the design of a common scaling test. Appendix 2 in Tertiary Entrance in Queensland: A Review (Report of the Working Party on Tertiary Entrance) (pp. 201–211). Brisbane: Board of Secondary School Studies and Joint Advisory Committee on Post-Secondary Education.
Maxwell, G.S. (1987). Banding of achievement positions. Appendix 5 in Tertiary Entrance in Queensland: A Review, Report of the Working Party on Tertiary Entrance (pp. 224–229). Brisbane: Board of Secondary School Studies and Joint Advisory Committee on Post-Secondary Education.

Articles

Cumming, J.J., & Maxwell, G.S. (2004). Assessment in Australian schools: Current practice and trends.
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 11(1), 89–108.
Cumming, J.J., & Maxwell, G.S. (1999). Contextualising authentic assessment. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 6(2), 177–194.
Maxwell, G.S. (1997). Competency based assessment and tertiary selection: Background and issues. Queensland Journal of Educational Research, 13(3), 4–15.
Maxwell, G.S. (1997). Future directions for competency based assessment. Queensland Journal of Educational Research, 13(3), 71–84.
Maxwell, G.S. (1996). Issues in selection for vocational education: Some lessons from the Queensland experience. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, 3, 29–54.
Maxwell, G.S. (1996). Overview and critique of the convergence of general and vocational education (Introduction to special forum issue). Unicorn: Journal of the Australian College of Education, 22(2), 4–13.
Cumming, J.J., & Maxwell, G.S. (1995). Undertaking collaborative school reviews: A guide for collaborators.
Queensland Researcher: Journal of the Queensland Institute for Educational Research, 10(3), 24–33.
Maxwell, G.S. (1993). Essay review of ‘H. Simons and J. Elliott, Rethinking Appraisal and Assessment, Open University Press, 1989’. The Queensland Researcher: Journal of the Queensland Institute for Educational Research, 9(3), 44–51.

McNamee, P.J., & Maxwell, G.S. (1993). Access and equity: A case analysis of local implementation under the Higher Education Equity Programme. Higher Education Research and Development, 12(2), 207–224.
Maxwell, G.S. (1992). Essay Review of ‘T.P. Hutchinson, Ability, partial information, guessing: Statistical modelling applied to multiple-choice tests, Rumsden Scientific Publishing, 1991’. Psychological Test Bulletin, 5, 142–146.
Maxwell, G.S. (1990). Professional needs and expectations of beginning secondary school teachers. Board of Teacher Education Research Grants Series, No. 5. Brisbane: Board of Teacher Registration, 1–15.
Maxwell, G.S. (1989). Reflections on ‘Comments on Tertiary Entrance in Queensland: A Review’. Queensland Researcher: Journal of the Queensland Institute for Educational Research, 5(2), 45–60.
Maxwell, G.S., & Cumming, J.J. (1988). Measuring occupational aspiration in research on sex differences: An overview and analysis of issues. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 32, 60–73.
Maxwell, G.S. (1985). Problems in being responsive: Reflections on an evaluation of a program for training motorcycle riders. Evaluation and Program Planning, 8, 339–347.
Maxwell, G.S. (1984). Assessing process objectives in mathematics. Teaching Mathematics: Journal of the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers, 9(2),16–29.
Maxwell, G.S. (1984). Assessing the quality of responsive/illuminative evaluations. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 6(2), 131–138.
Maxwell, G.S. (1979). Effecting change in Australian schools. Practical Applications of Research: Journal of the Phi Delta Kappa, 1, 4.
Maxwell, G.S. (1978). Problems and prospects in the evaluation of school based educational innovations: an Australian experience. Educational Document Reproduction Service, No. ED173 909.
Maxwell, G.S. (1977). Review of ‘External examinations and internal assessments: alternative plans for reform’ by
W.B. Elley and I.D. Livingstone. The South Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 5(3), 235–237.
Maxwell, G.S. (1976). Review of ‘Measuring educational outcomes – fundamentals of testing’ by B.W. Tuckman and ‘Measuring pupil achievement and aptitude’ by C.M. Lindvall & A.J. Nitko. The South Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 4(3), 279–280.
Maxwell, G.S. (1972). Evaluating Curriculum Evaluation. The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 28(4), 157–170. Maxwell, G.S. (1969). The Minnesota Mathematics and Science Teaching Project. The Australian Mathematics

Conferences

Dealing with inconsistency and uncertainty in assessment: Paper presented as part of a symposium entitled Reliability in assessment: What role should it play and how should we explain it? 35th Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Brisbane, September 2009.
Setting standards: fitting form to function:Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), Cambridge England, September 2008.
Quality management of school-based assessments—moderation of teacher judgments:Paper presented at the 32nd IAEA Conference, Singapore, May 2006. Available at:
Certificating students with intellectual and other impairments—a new approach: Paper presented at the 30th Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, June 2004.
Progressive assessment for learning and certification—some lessons from school-based assessment in Queensland: Paper presented at the Third Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Examination and Assessment Boards, Redefining the Roles of Educational Assessment, Nadi, Fiji, March 2004.
Moderation of teacher assessments in student assessment: Paper presented at the 28th Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Hong Kong, September 2002.
Progressive assessment—synthesising formative and summative purposes of assessment: Paper presented at the 2nd Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Examination and Assessment Boards (ACEAB), Malta, March 2002.
Assessments as judgments rather than measurements: Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the International Association of Educational Assessment (IAEA), Jerusalem, May 2000.
Reforming the culture of assessment—Changes in teachers’ assessment beliefs and practices under a school- based assessment regime: Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the International Association of Educational Assessment (IAEA), Barbados, May 1998.
Processes of judgment of standards in educational assessments: Roundtable at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, 8-12 April, 1996.
Teacher judgment of achievement standards in performance assessments: Paper presented at the Twenty-first Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Montreal, Canada, June 1995.
Getting them in: Issues in selecting applicants for post-secondary technical education in Queensland: Paper presented at Bridging the Gap: the Twentieth Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Wellington, New Zealand, October 1994.

Criteria and standards based assessment in applied statistical mathematics: Paper presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research First International Conference on Assessment in the Mathematical Sciences, Geelong, Victoria, Nov 1991.
Policy options for tertiary selection in a system of school-based assessment: Paper presented at the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Sydney, Nov 1989.
Investigating the stability of general achievement scaling through perturbation analysis: Paper (co-author R. Allen) presented at the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment, Sydney, Nov 1989.
On being responsive: Aspects of the evaluation of an Australian program for training motorcycle riders: Paper presented at Evaluation ’82, Joint Meeting of Evaluation Network and Evaluation Research Society, Baltimore, October 1982.
Evaluation and curriculum: Teaching preservice teachers about student assessment: Paper presented at the Tenth Annual Conference of the South Pacific Association for Teacher Education, Perth, May 1980.
Problems and prospects in the evaluation of school-based educational innovations in an Australian experience:
Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Conference, Evaluation Network, Aspen, Colorado, August 1978

Professor Graham Maxwell Curriculum Vitae

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