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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

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: Presentations 0.07 (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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EILA2
  • 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:
    • 2008/9 No statistically significant difference between white and BME students
    • 2009/10 Small difference between white and BME students (smaller than pre-intervention)
    • 2010/11 No statistically significant difference between white and BME students
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EILA2
  • 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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