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EILA2 Dr Simon Sneddon Senior Lecturer in Law Institutional Teaching Fellow University of Northampton What Works Conference University of York 28 th March 2012 Project funded by: University of Northampton Office of Educational Partnerships & Lifelong Learning

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Eila2 dr simon sneddon senior lecturer in law institutional teaching fellow

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Dr Simon Sneddon

Senior Lecturer in Law

Institutional Teaching Fellow

University of Northampton

What Works Conference

University of York

28th March 2012

Project funded by:

University of Northampton Office of Educational Partnerships & Lifelong Learning

University of Northampton Department for Enhanced Learning, Teaching, Achievement and Employability


Background scoping study

Background – Scoping Study

  • Two-part project

    • Quantitative: based on all LL.B results (yrs 1-3) from 2002-3 to 2006-7. Nine types of assessment in total, 25,000+ assessment included.

    • Qualitative: based on interviews and focus groups with LL.B students in 2007-8 cohort.

  • Students split by:

    • Age (at time of enrolment)

    • Ethnicity (White / BME) BME students not disaggregated

    • Gender

    • Declared Disability


Age under 21 versus 21 or over

Age (under 21 versus 21 or over)

  • Numbers:76% under 21

    24% 21 or over

  • Biggest Difference:Group Work 2.30 (C+/B)*

  • Smallest Difference:Presentations0.07 (B/B)

  • Average Difference:0.70 (C/C+)


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Ethnicity (white versus BME)

  • Numbers:61% White

    • 39% BME*

  • Biggest Difference:Time Constrained Test 2.20 (C+/C-)

  • Smallest Difference:Seminar Based 0.02 (D+/D+)

  • Average Difference:1.68 (C+/C-)


  • Gender male versus female

    Gender (male versus female)

    • Ratio:32% Male

      68% Female*

    • Biggest Difference:Short Answer Test 2.52 (D/C-)

    • Smallest Difference:Long Assignment 0.10 (C+/C+)

    • Average Difference:0.76 (C-/C)


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    Declared Disability

    • Numbers:9% Declared Disability

      • 91% No Declared Disability

  • Biggest Difference:Group Work 4.80 (D/B-)

  • Smallest Difference:Short Assignment 0.20 (C/C)

  • Average Difference:0.30 (C/C)


  • Conclusions from quantitative data

    Conclusions from Quantitative Data

    • Age:

      • Overall difference is small

    • Ethnicity:

      • Biggest gap in 3rd most common assessment type

      • Significant overall gap needs investigation

      • At Level 4, this difference was even greater (D+ v C)

    • Gender:

      • Overall difference is small

    • Declared Disability:

      • Average is lowest difference of all four groups


    Intervention

    Intervention

    • Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory LLB modules:

      • Law of Contract

      • Criminal Law

      • Legal System

      • Introduction to UK and EU Constitutional Law

    • Common assessment strategy adopted from 2008/9:

      • Time Constrained Assignment (Problem-Question based)

      • Essay

      • Formal examination (2 hours)*


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    • Small funding just to look at results for these modules in 2008/9, 2009/10 and 2010/11

    • 2,300+ pieces of assessment

    • Results 1:

      • 2008/9No statistically significant difference between white and BME students

      • 2009/10Small difference between white and BME students (smaller than pre-intervention)

      • 2010/11No statistically significant difference between white and BME students


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    • Small funding just to look at results for these modules in 2008/9, 2009/10 and 2010/11

    • 2,300+ pieces of assessment

    • Results 2:

      • Overall grade for BME students pre-intervention:C-*

      • Overall grade for BME students post-intervention:C

      • Overall grade for White students pre-intervention:C

      • Overall grade for White students post-intervention:C

        Better grades means better overall progression


    Publications

    Publications

    • Crofts, M., & Sneddon, S. T., Equality in Legal Assessment: A Scoping Study, [2009] 3 Web JCLIhttp://webjcli.ncl.ac.uk/2009/issue3/crofts3.html

    • Crofts, M., & Sneddon, S. T., 2009, Equality in Legal Assessment: A Scoping Study, Northampton: University of Northampton Office of Educational Partnerships and Lifelong Learning. Available online at http://www2.northampton.ac.uk/portal/page/portal/AEP/Document%20Store/ED/equality-in-legal-assessment-report11-08(pdf614kb).pdf


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