Professor Gavin T L Brown

PhD, MEd (Hons 1st class) Massey University, BEd (TESL)(Dist'n) Concordia University

Biography

Prof Brown is the Director of the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. He also has joint appointments at: 

  • Affiliated Professor, in Applied Educational Sciences, at Umea University, Sweden
  • Honorary Professor, in Curriculum & Instruction, at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Dr Brown has been in academic positions since 2005 at the University of Auckland and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Prior to that he was a standardised test developer for NZCER and Auckland UniServices; he was the Senior Project Manager for the Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle) project. After completing teacher training in Montreal Canada, Gavin worked in NZ for 13 years as a tutor of ESOL and as a high school teacher of English and ESOL. 

Research | Current

I am involved in the current externally funded research projects:

  • 2017-2020. External Expert. Perspektivtagande hos framtida poliser: effekter av utbildning och praktik [Perspective taking ability in future police officers: Effects of training and professional practice]. Swedish Research Council (grant # 2016-04842). Principal Investigators: Dr Christina Wikstrom, Dr Tova Stenlund, & Dr Miguel Inzunza (Umeå University, Sweden).
  • 2017-. External collaborator. Education, Regulated Learning, and Assessment (ERLA) research group, Departamento Interfacultativo de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autonomá de Madrid, Spain. PI=Dr Ernesto Panadero.
  • 2015-2016. Co-Investigator, Student self-assessment: Calibration, predictors, and effects. With Principal Investigator Dr. Yan Zi, Education University of Hong Kong. Funded by the General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
  • 2016-2019. Faculty Representative, Enhancing future employability through tertiary education, AKO National Project Fund. With Susan Geertshuis (PI), Rob Wass (Otago), Tim Watts (NZAGE), Barbara Kensington-Miller & Sean Sturm (UoA) 
  • 2017-2018. External Advisor. Innovative use of Learning Analytics in the implementation of new national guidelines for program accreditation and re-accreditation in the School of Education. With Cassandra Colvin (TIU), Graham Hardy (EDS), Sven Trenholm (EDS), Carmel Taddeo (EDS), Jiuyong Li (ITMS), University of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • 2016-2018. Member, Mid-childhood outcomes of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia, Children with Hypoglycaemia and their Later Development CHYLD Project, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Health Research Council grant $1,198,903. PI=Prof Jane Harding.
  • 2015-2016. External Consultant. Assessment for Learning in Singapore Secondary Schools. Curriculum, Teaching, & Learning Dept., National Institute of Education, Singapore. PI=Dr Chris Deneen. 

Teaching | Current

Assessment, testing, measurement

  1. EDUC 224 Assessment and Evaluation in Education
  2. EDUC 225 Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation

Research methods and evaluation

  1. EDUC 380 Methods of Research in Education
  2. Educ 706AB Measurement & Advanced Statistics

Social psychology especially around assessment

  1. EDUC 121(G) How People Learn

Postgraduate supervision

My research topics focus around the following four big ideas. I am actively prioritising research students in these areas. Students should be willing and able to learn how to use statistical methods with large-scale data.

  1. The teaching and learning of advanced quantitative methods https://dx.doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3469797.v1
  2. Evaluation and measurement of undergraduate attributes http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/research/research-at-faculty/quant-dare-unit_1/research-quant-dare_1.html
  3. Assessment (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3499020) and data analysis methods ((https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3465630.v3), especially in higher education, making use of psychometric theory.
  4. Beliefs and attitudes toward assessment and the impact of those on behaviour and performance focusing on teachers (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3690541.v1) or students (https://doi.org/10.17608/k6.auckland.c.3694258.v2)

I am currently supervising the following research students.

1.      

2012-

EdD (PT)

Co-

Amanda HARPER

Tertiary biology students use and understanding of feedback

2.      

2012-

EdD  (PT)

Lead

Sam AIRY

Delivering courses in entrepreneurship as a vehicle for changing New Zealanders’ beliefs about their economic potential.

3.      

2013-

PhD

Lead

Jing YU, CSC Scholar

The L2 motivational self-system among Chinese learners of English

4.      

2013-

PhD

Co-

Xiaohua LIU, (Applied Linguistics) , CSC Scholar

Developing a diagnostic test for academic reading comprehension: Advancing DELNA 

5.      

2013-

PhD

Lead

David SAN JOSE

Evaluation of e-portfolio technologies

6.      

2014-

PhD

Lead

Joo Hyun PARK, University of Auckland 2015 AKS Scholar

An exploration of attitudes towards success and their relation to subjective well-being among Korean high school and university students in New Zealand and the Republic of Korea

7.      

2014-

PhD

Lead

Wenjing YAO, CSC Scholar

The transition of conceptions on assessment: from pre-service teacher to in-service teacher-- A comparative study of China and New Zealand

8.      

2014-

PhD

Lead

Geng JUN

Quasi-experimental research on teaching methods of legal education in China

9.      

2016-

PhD

Lead

Zhiying LIAO

The impact of genre-based persuasive writing in Chinese classroom

10.   

2017

MEd

Sole

Mark SLADE

Understanding Taylor College student academic attributes: Predictors of Performance?

11.   

2017

PhD

Lead

Anran ZHAO, CSC Scholar

What made PISA outcomes different - a comparison on socioeconomic status, curriculum and students’ motivation between New Zealand and China (Shanghai) based on PISA 2015

12.    

2017

PhD

Lead

Xiaoying GAO

University Students’ Conceptions of Assessment: Using Self-Regulation to Self-Improve

I am an external advisor or supervisor to the following candidates at other universities.  

1.      

2016-

PhD

Thesis Advisory Committee Member

Cassim MUNSHI, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Student self-assessment using computer feedback

2.      

2016-

PhD

External Supervisor.

Patrick D. RATU, Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific (Tonga)

Strengthening diagnostic assessments as interactive formative praxis: A psychometrical and clinical approach for improving students learning and achievements in Solomon Islands

3.    

2016-

PhD

External Supervisor.

Jenny TAUFA, Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific (Tonga)

Outcomes based assessment in Tonga schooling.

I have contributed to doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and honor's projects at UoA, Universidad Federale de Minas Gerais, Universidad Federale de Ouro Preto, and the Education University of Hong Kong. 

1.     

2007

MEd, UoA

Jenny MARSHALL

Writing introductions in academic essays: The effect of genre-based instruction

2.      

2009

MEd, UoA

K. Frank WALTON

Secondary students’ conceptions of assessment mediated by self- motivational attitudes: Effects on academic performance

3.      

2009

MEd, UoA

Dulcie-Jane BRAKE

The impact of qualifications systems on learning strategies: Medicine 1st year students doing UB and NCEA

4.      

2009

MEd, UoA

Boram LEE

Psychological barriers to successful learning among East Asian international visa students

5.      

2010

PhD, UoA

Junjun CHEN, University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholar

Conceptions of excellent teaching: Teacher evaluation for school improvement

6.      

2010

PhD, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Daniel Abud Seabra MATOS

A avaliação no ensino superior: Concepções múltiplas de estudantes brasileiros [Assessment in higher education: Multiple conceptions of Brazilian Students].

7.      

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Sze Wah Michelle LAM

Students’ perceptions towards peer assessment in tertiary education in Chinese society

8.      

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Hoi Yan Yunis YUEN

The implementation of Project-based assessment in ESL classroom: Case study in a Hong Kong secondary school

9.      

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Man Fung Andrew LI

The worth of assessments in Chinese culture-from expectation to reality.

10.   

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Siu Ying SING

Teachers’ perceptions of small class teaching in a Hong Kong school: Benefits, obstacles, & issues

11.   

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Ka Man LEE

Teachers' perception of the constraints of the implementation of task-based language teaching in secondary schools

12.   

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Shilu ZHENG

Hong Kong pre-service English teachers’ conceptualizations of task-based language teaching and its implementation issues

13.   

2010

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Kin Lun WONG

Investigating the impact of teachers’ feedback on students’ spoken English in the context of School-based Assessment (SBA) for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

14.   

2011

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Yanyuyu Ivy PENG

A discussion of success of classroom management strategies for pre-service teachers in HKIEd

15.   

2011

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Yingting Kimi LU

The effects of inductive vs. deductive instructional approach: a comparative study of different teaching methods in a Hong Kong primary English classroom

16.   

2011

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Kin Yee Connie CHOW

The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships to Primary Students’ English Learning in Hong Kong

17.   

2011

BEd Honours, HKIEd

Chau Yuen Cherry LAU

Chinese secondary students’ perceptions of teacher feedback

18.   

2012

EdD, UoA

Camilla HIGHFIELD

Secondary school middle management leadership practices & beliefs: Linkages to greater qualifications achievement

19.   

2012

EdD, UoA

Mo’ale ‘OTUNUKU

Tongan conceptions of schooling in New Zealand: Insights and possible solutions to underachievement

20.   

2012

MA, UoA

Maryam ALQASSAB

Differential item functioning according to subject motivation: Psychometric properties of the Student Conceptions of Assessment

21.   

2012

BA Hons, UoA

Hasan ABDULNABI

Analysing New Zealand teachers’ assessment tasks: Considering the validity of the SEC taxonomy as a means of evaluating teaching quality

22.   

2012

EdD, HKIEd

Luxi ZHANG

Learning English in Chinese higher education: Individual and systemic factors impacting willingness to communicate.

23.   

2013

PhD, UoA

Boram LEE

The characteristics of child rearing practices of two-parent and single-parent Korean immigrants in New Zealand

24.   

2013

PhD, UoA

Sarah TUMEN

The impact of school resourcing and financial management on attainment of students

25.   

2013

EdD, HKIEd

Chih Nuo Grace CHAO

Structural equation models of motivation theory: Tripartite relationships of motivation to goal setting and academic achievement with self-efficacy as mediator

26.   

2013

EdD, HKIEd

David SORRELL

A study of achievement in English for students learning within a curriculum taught in their second language in a Hong Kong international school

27.   

2013

MA, UoA

Safeya JANAHI

Illustrating assessment: Bahraini university students’ conception of assessment within different educational cultures

28.   

2013

MSc. UoA

Miriam Chae Ok JUN

Student emotional and behavioural responses to assessment: A learning log study

29.   

2014

PhD, UoA

Matthew COURTNEY, University of Auckland Doctoral Scholar

Emerging social space: The role of Facebook in Australasian international student integration

30.   

2014

MA, UoA

Hasan ALI

Evaluating the impact of Khan Academy tutorials: A case study of an educational technology being set free

31.   

2014

MA, UoA

Hasan ABDULNABI

Analysing the quality of an undergraduate course assessments: Considering the IRT models as framework for evaluating validity.

32.   

2015

PhD, UoA

Rachel WILLIAMS, University of Auckland Doctoral Scholar

Implementing a healthy education program in NZ secondary schools: Promoting positive student health

33.   

2015

MEd, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil

Mariana Vaz LANDIM

A avaliação sob o ponto de vista dos estudantes: o uso de desenhos para a análise de concepções de avaliação [Assessment from the students' point of view: Use of drawings to analyze conceptions of assessment]

34.   

2016

PhD, UoA

BING Mei Eric, CSC Scholar

Technology Acceptance as a predictor of CALL 2.0 Implementation in Prospective Teachers

35.   

2017

PhD, University of Hong Kong

Yueting XU

University English teacher assessment literacy in China

36.   

2017

PhD, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich

Florence KYARUZI

Formative assessment practices in mathematics education among secondary schools in Tanzania

Distinctions/Honours

2016. Sentinel of Science Award (#34 in Social Sciences), [Awards for Top 10% of Peer Reviews] Publons.com.

2015. 2014 Distinguished Paper Award, Classroom Assessment SIG, American Educational Research Association

2015. Faculty Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Auckland

2014. Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision, The University of Auckland

2008. Early Career Research Excellence Award, The University of Auckland

2004. BearingPoint Innovation Awards to Project asTTle, University of Auckland

  • Highly Commended for Public Service  
  • Highly Commended for Innovation in Technology

2003. Computerworld Excellence Award for Use of IT in Education to Project asTTle, University of Auckland.

Responsibilities

Current at University of Auckland

Director, Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit (Quant-DARE), The University of Auckland, November 2013 onwards. 

Member, LDPP School Postgraduate Committee, The University of Auckland, July 2013 onwards.

Member, University Wide Doctoral Examination Chairs Pool, The University of Auckland, January 2013 onwards.

Member, School Leadership Group, School of Learning, Development, & Professional Practice, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, Feb 2012 onwards.

Areas of expertise

  • Educational testing & assessment
  • Psychometrics & measurement
  • Social psychology of assessment
  • Attitudes, values, & beliefs
  • Structural equation modeling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Current Editorial Roles:

  • Chief Section Editor, Frontiers in Education: Assessment, Testing, & Applied Measurement, 2016-to date
  • Member, International Editorial Board, Cogent Education OA
  • Member, Editorial Board, Educational Assessment, 2014-to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, Assessment in Education, 2013 - to date
  • Member, College of Reviewers, Higher Education Research & Development, 2013- to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, Teaching and Teacher Education, 2012 - to date
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Society, Culture, & Language, 2012 - to date
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, set: Research Information for Teachers, 2006 - to date
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 2010 - to date
  • Member, International Review Panel, Journal of Education for Teaching, 2011 - to date

Current Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA), since 2001
  • Member, National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME), since 2001 
  • Member, International Test Commission (ITC), since 2002
  • Member, European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), since 2006
  • International Affiliate, American Psychological Association (APA), since 2006
  • Member, Association for Psychological Science (APS), since 2008
  • Member, International Psychometric Society, (IPS), since 2012

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Brown, G. T. L. (2017). The Future of Assessment as a Human and Social Endeavor: Addressing the Inconvenient Truth of Error. Frontiers in Education, 2.10.3389/feduc.2017.00003
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32586
  • Deneen, C. C., Brown, G. T. L., & Carless, D. (2017). Students’ conceptions of eportfolios as assessment and technology. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 1-10. 10.1080/14703297.2017.1281752
  • Brown, G. T. L. (2017). Assessment of student achievement. New York: Routledge. Pages: 156.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33318
  • Brown, G. (2017). What we know we don’t know about teacher education. In J. Clandinin, J. Husu (Eds.) The SAGE handbook of research on teacher education (pp. ). London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33285
  • Brown, G. T. L., Harris, L. R., O'Quin C, & Lane, K. E. (2017). Using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis to evaluate cross-cultural research: identifying and understanding non-invariance. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 40 (1), 66-90. 10.1080/1743727X.2015.1070823
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32587
  • Brown, G. T. L., Peterson, E. R., & Yao, E. S. (2016). Student conceptions of feedback: Impact on self-regulation, self-efficacy, and academic achievement. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 86 (4), 606-629. 10.1111/bjep.12126
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Esther Yao
  • Panadero, E., Brown, G. T. L., & Strijbos, J.-W. (2016). The Future of Student Self-Assessment: a Review of Known Unknowns and Potential Directions. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, 28 (4), 803-830. 10.1007/s10648-015-9350-2
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31772
  • Yan, Z., & Brown, G. T. L. (2016). A cyclical self-assessment process: towards a model of how students engage in self-assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-16. 10.1080/02602938.2016.1260091

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H - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EH
Level 4, Room 411
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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