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Associate Professor Alison Gilmore

Associate Professor
BA PhD PGDipArts(Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 5036
Email alison.gilmore@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I have taught and conducted research in the fields of educational assessment and measurement and programme evaluation. I began my career as a research officer with the NZ Council for Educational Research. I then took a position at the University of Canterbury from 1990 until 2010. In 2010 I joined the University of Otago where I now lead the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement – a 5 ½ year project worth $10.9m. This is conducted within the Educational Assessment Research Unit (EARU) of which I am Co-director. We are currently entering Phase 3 of the project (out of 6 phases). I continue to supervise PhD and Masters’ level students.

Teaching Areas

  • Educational assessment
  • Research methods
  • Programme evaluation

Research Interests

  • Educational assessment and measurement
  • Building assessment capability
  • Large scale assessment/national monitoring of student achievement

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Publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). English: Listening 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.8]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 50p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). Visual arts 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.5]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 69p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). Music: Sound arts 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.4]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 72p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). Drama 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.3]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 61p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). English: Viewing 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 9]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 50p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

Authored Book - Research

Smith, J., Crooks, T., Gilmore, A., & White, J. (2010). Social studies assessment results 2009 [National Education Monitoring Project Report 51]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago, 54p.

Flockton, L., Crooks, T., & Gilmore, A. (2004). National Education Monitoring Project: Graphs, tables & maps assessment results 2003 (NEMP Report 31). University of Otago, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Reserach Unit, 50p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, L. F., Hill, M. F., Cowie, B., & Gilmore, A. (2014). Preparing teachers to use the enabling power of assessment. In C. Wyatt-Smith, V. Klenowski & P. Colbert (Eds.), Designing assessment for quality learning. (pp. 303-324). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

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Journal - Research Article

Gunn, A. C., & Gilmore, A. (2014). Early childhood initial teacher education students' learning about assessment. Assessment Matters, 7, 24-38.

Hill, M., Gunn, A., Cowie, B., Smith, L. F., & Gilmore, A. (2014). Preparing primary and early childhood initial teacher education students to use assessment in teaching. Assessment Matters, 7, 4-23.

Mat Daud, N. S., Gilmore, A., & Mayo, H. E. (2013). Exploring the potency of peer evaluation to develop critical thinking for tertiary academic writing. World Applied Sciences Journal, 21(Special Issue 4), 109-116. doi: 10.5829/idosi.wasj.2013.21.sltl.2144

Smith, J. K., Smith, L. F., Gilmore, A., & Jameson, M. (2012). Students' self-perception of reading ability, enjoyment of reading and reading achievement. Learning & Individual Differences, 22(2), 202-206. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2011.04.010

Soutter, A. K., O'Steen, B., & Gilmore, A. (2012). Understandings and experiences of wellbeing in a New Zealand senior secondary context. Journal of Student Wellbeing, 5(2), 34-67.

Soutter, A. K., O'Steen, B., & Gilmore, A. (2012). Wellbeing in the New Zealand curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 4(1), 111-142. doi: 10.1080/00220272.2011.620175

Smith, J. K., Gilmore, A., Berg, D., Smith, L. F., & Jameson-Charles, M. (2012). What makes performance tasks motivating: Influences of task characteristics, gender and ethnicity. Assessment Matters, 4, 76-94.

Soutter, A. K., Gilmore, A., & O'Steen, B. (2011). How do high school youths' educational experiences relate to well-being? Towards a trans-disciplinary conceptualization. Journal of Happiness Studies, 12(4), 591-631. doi: 10.1007/s10902-010-9219-5

Hill, M., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A., & Smith, L. F. (2010). Preparing assessment-capable teachers: What should preservice teachers know and be able to do? Assessment Matters, 2, 43-64.

Gilmore, A., Crooks, T., Darr, C., Hattie, J., Smith, J., & Smith, L. (2009). Towards defining, assessing and reporting against national standards for literacy and numeracy in New Zealand [Commentary]. Assessment Matters, 1, 135-146.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gilmore, A., Lovett, S., Clarke, M., & Verstappen, P. (2008). 2020Vision: A case study of school-based curriculum development in a New Zealand primary school. The vanishing school: Towards a sustainable local curriculum. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/08pap/abs08.htm

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Morrison, C., McKenzie, A., & Gilmore, A. (2016). Health and physical education in New Zealand primary schools. Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/11155/health-and-physical-education-in-new-zealand-primary-schools

Gilmore, A. (2014). The NZ national monitoring study of student achievement: Design and lessons learnt. Proceedings of the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education (AARE-NZARE) Conference: Speaking Back Through Research. Retrieved from http://aare-nzare2014.com.au/

Gilmore, A., & Cowie, B. (2013). Developing agility to respond to shifting and competing policy requirements. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net

Gunn, A., & Gilmore, A. (2013). Early childhood teacher education curriculum and student assessment learning. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net

Smith, J. K., Berg, D. A. G., Allan, R., & Gilmore, A. (2012). Practical and conceptual issues of dimensionality in writing assessment. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net/

Hill, M., Gilmore, A., Smith, L., & Cowie, B. (2012). The impact of a dedicated assessment course on developing teacher education students' assessment capability. Earli Sig 1: Assessment and Evaluation Conference: Linking Multiple Perspectives on Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.earli-sig1-conference.org/index.php/conference-program

Smith, L., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A., & Hill, M. (2012). Student and teacher educator perceptions of becoming assessment-capable teachers. Earli Sig 1: Assessment and Evaluation Conference: Linking Multiple Perspectives on Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.earli-sig1-conference.org/index.php/conference-program

Gunn, A., & Gilmore, A. (2012). What did they learn? Student teachers’ learning about assessment in initial teacher education. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA). Retrieved from http://aare-apera2012.com.au/

Gilmore, A. (2012). The national monitoring study of student achievement: Doing national monitoring the New Zealand way. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA). Retrieved from http://aare-apera2012.com.au/

Smith, L. F., & Gilmore, A. (2011). Assessing how primary teacher education students learn to become "assessment capable". Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net/

Ussher, B., Cooper, B., Hill, M., Gilmore, A., & Smith, L. (2010). Preparing assessment capable teachers: First steps in a national project. Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference: Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future. Retrieved from http://atea.edu.au/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=132

Gilmore, A., & Smith, L. (2010). National literacy and mathematics standards in New Zealand: Keeping our sights on an educationally sound approach. Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Test Commission: Challenges and Opportunities in Testing and Assessment in a Globalized Economy. Retrieved from http://www.itc2010hk.com/

Smith, L., Gilmore, A., Hill, M., & Cowie, B. (2010). Assessing how pre-service teachers learn to become 'assessment capable'. Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Test Commission: Challenges and Opportunities in Testing and Assessment in a Globalized Economy. Retrieved from http://www.itc2010hk.com/

Gilmore, A. (2010). The tug-of-war between education and politics: What gems inside the black box? Proceedings of the Graham Nuthall Classroom Research Trust International Symposium. Retrieved from http://www.eenz.com/gncrt-sym2010/

Smith, J. K., Jameson, M., Gilmore, A. M., & Smith, L. F. (2009). Students' self-perception of reading ability and actual reading achievement. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: AERA. Retrieved from http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aera/aera09/index.php?

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Quinlan, D., Smaill, E., Burgon, J., White, J., Jones, L., & Joyce, C. (2013, November). The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement: A look behind the scenes. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) National Conference: Creativity in Research: Generative Inquiries for Educational Futures, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Gilmore, A. (2016, November). Patterns of progress and achievement across the curriculum: What NMSSA can show us about how what our students know and can do. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference & Annual Meeting: Nōku anō te Takapau Wharanui: The Politics of Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A. (2016, November). The NMSSA database and assessment artifacts: A treasure trove for researchers, curriculum specialists and policy makers. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference & Annual Meeting: Nōku anō te Takapau Wharanui: The Politics of Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A., & Morton, M. (2015, September). Valuing equity, appreciating the contexts and consequences of assessment. Verbal presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER): Education and Transition, Budapest, Hungary.

Gilmore, A. (2015, December). Assessing against national standards in New Zealand: What of validity? Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Freemantle, Australia.

Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Quinlan, D., Joyce, C., & Ferral, H. (2013, November). How New Zealand children are doing in writing and science: Findings from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) National Conference: Creativity in Research: Generative Inquiries for Educational Futures, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A., & Allan, R. (2013, November). How New Zealand children are doing in writing: Findings from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) National Conference: Creativity in Research: Generative Inquiries for Educational Futures, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A., Smith, J., & Darr, C. (2012, August). Revisioning national assessment in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Earli Sig 1: Assessment and Evaluation Conference: Linking Multiple Perspectives on Assessment, Brussels, Belgium.

Gilmore, A. (2012, November). The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement: Doing national monitoring the New Zealand way. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A., & Gunn, A. (2011, November-December). Shifting positions on/in assessment: From student to beginning teacher. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference & Annual Meeting, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Smith, L., Hill, M., Cowie, B., & Gilmore, A. (2010, October). Teacher education students' knowledge and beliefs about assessment at entry to their teacher education programme. Verbal presentation at the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Biennial National Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Mat Daud, N. S., Gilmore, A., & Mat Daud, N. (2010, November-December). Peer evaluation and the development of critical thinking skills in academic writing class for undergraduate students. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne, Australia.

Lee, A. A., Gilmore, A., & Kaur, B. (2010, August). Future research directions. Panel discussion at the Graham Nuthall Classroom Research Trust International Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Cowie, B., Hill, M., Smith, L., & Gilmore, A. (2010, May). The power of mixed-methods in examining the preparation of assessment capable teachers. Verbal presentation at the Queen's University International Symposium on Classroom Assessment: Preparing Teachers for Roles and Challenges in Assessment: An International Investigation, Kingston, Canada.

Hill, M., Cowie, B., Gilmore, A., & Smith, L. (2010, May). Learning to become assessment capable teachers: A teaching and learning research initiative project (2010-2012). Verbal presentation at the Queen's University International Symposium on Classroom Assessment: Preparing Teachers for Roles and Challenges in Assessment: An International Investigation, Kingston, Canada.

Gilmore, A. (2010, August). The tug-of-war between education and politics: What gems inside the black box? Keynote presentation at the Graham Nuthall Classroom Research Trust International Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Gilmore, A., Smith, L., Hill, M., & Cowie, B. (2010, May). Beliefs about assessment: Towards a conceptual framework & initial findings. Verbal presentation at the Queen's University International Symposium on Classroom Assessment: Preparing Teachers for Roles and Challenges in Assessment: An International Investigation, Kingston, Canada.

Smith, L., Hill, M., Gilmore, A., & Cowie, B. (2010, December). Assessment capable teachers: Initial findings from a multi-university study of student teacher development and learning. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). English: Listening 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.8]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 50p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). English: Viewing 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 9]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 50p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Young, S., Jones, L., Asil, M., Anakin, M., White, J., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Baker, L., & Smith, J. (2017). Drama 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.3]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 61p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

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