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Dr Mustafa Asil

Mustafa AsilSenior Research Fellow
BS (Marmara) MA (The Ohio State) PhD (Hacettepe)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 479 4283
Email mustafa.asil@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I am a research fellow at the Educational Assessment Research Unit (EARU) within the College of Education. I am responsible for providing research and psychometric support in the execution of the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Project.

Before joining EARU, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research (Quant-DARE) Unit within the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. My role was managing and performing secondary analyses on large-scale data sets and providing consultation services to staff and students on statistical matters. My research interests focus on comparability of large scale assessments across languages and cultures, measurement equivalence and structural equation modelling.

Research Interests

  • Assessment, particularly comparability of large scale assessments

Key Methodologies and Methods

  • Quantitative research
  • Psychometrics
  • Structural equation modeling

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Publications

Asil, M., Gilmore, A., & Liau, A. K. (2019). Understanding students' sense of safety at school. Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Contemporary Research (APCCR). (pp. 14). Gordon, Australia: Asia Pacific Institute of Advance Research (APIAR). Retrieved from https://apiar.org.au

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Darr, C., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2019). Science 2017: Insights for teachers [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 17]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 42p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Darr, C., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Morrison, C., Anderson, N., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2019). Health & physical education 2017: Insights for teachers [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 16]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 66p. Retrieved from https://nmssa.otago.ac.nz/insights/INSIGHTS_HealthPE_2017.pdf

Ercikan, K., Asil, M., & Grover, R. (2018). La brecha digital: Un contexto crítico para las evaluaciones con base digital [Digital divide: A critical context for digitally based assessments]. In M. d. Ibarrola Nicolín (Ed.), Temas clave de la evaluación de la educación básica: Diálogos y debates [Key issues in the evaluation of basic education: Dialogues and debates]. (pp. 172-193). Mexico City, Mexico: Fondode Cultura Económica.

Bahar, M., & Asil, M. (2018). Attitude towards e-assessment: Influence of gender, computer usage and level of education. Open Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1503529

Commissioned Report for External Body

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Darr, C., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2019). Science 2017: Insights for teachers [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 17]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 42p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Darr, C., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Morrison, C., Anderson, N., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2019). Health & physical education 2017: Insights for teachers [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 16]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 66p. Retrieved from https://nmssa.otago.ac.nz/insights/INSIGHTS_HealthPE_2017.pdf

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Gilmore, A., Jones, L., White, J., Liau, A., Asil, M., Pearson, C., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Learning languages 2016: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 12]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 94p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/learning-languages/nmssa-2016-learning-languages

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Gilmore, A., Jones, L., White, J., Liau, A., Asil, M., Pearson, C., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Health & physical education 2017: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 16]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 80p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Gilmore, A., Jones, L., White, J., Liau, A., Asil, M., Pearson, C., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Technology 2016: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 13]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 78p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications/nmssa-2016-technology

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Morrison, C., Anderson, N., McDowell, G., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Technical information 2017: [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 18]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 88p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Liau, A., Jones, L., White, J., Gilmore, A., Asil, M., Morrison, C., Anderson, N., McDowell, G., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Science 2017: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 17]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 60p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Gilmore, A., Jones, L., White, J., Liau, A., Asil, M., Pearson, C., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Using digital technologies for teaching and learning 2016: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 14]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 34p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications/nmssa-2016-using-digital-technologies-for-teaching-and-learning

NMSSA Project Team, including Young, S., Gilmore, A., Jones, L., White, J., Liau, A., Asil, M., Pearson, C., Jenkins, L., Rae, J., Algie, P., Baker, L., Smith, J., & Pohatu, M. (2018). Technical information 2016 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 15]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 36p. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/series/nmssa/all-nmssa-publications/nmssa-2016-technical-information

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. (2017). The arts 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.1]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 82p. 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). Technical information 2015 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 11]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 86p. 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). 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). Dance 2015: Key findings [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 10.2]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 59p. 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., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Technical information: Social Studies, English: Reading 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 7]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 57p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Social studies 2014: Overview [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 6.1]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 44p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). English: Reading 2014: Overview [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 5.1]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 50p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Māori student achievement in English: Reading: Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 5.2]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 30p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Social Studies 2014: Contextual report [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 6.5]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 34p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). English: Reading 2014: Contextual report [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 5.5]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 41p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Achievement of students with special education needs in English: Reading – Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 5.4]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 32p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Achievement of students with special education needs in Social Studies: Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 6.4]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 27p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Pasifika student achievement in Social Studies: Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 6.3]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 27p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Pasifika student achievement in English: Reading: Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 5.3]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 30p.

NMSSA Project Team, including Gilmore, A., Allan, R., Jones, L., Darr, C., Asil, M., Quinlan, D., Anakin, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2015). Māori student achievement in Social Studies: Key findings 2014 [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 6.2]. Dunedin & Wellington, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 29p.

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Other Research Output

Asil, M. & Gilmore, A. (2016, May). Do Māori students achieve better in culturally responsive schools? College of Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Chapter in Book - Other

Ercikan, K., Asil, M., & Grover, R. (2018). La brecha digital: Un contexto crítico para las evaluaciones con base digital [Digital divide: A critical context for digitally based assessments]. In M. d. Ibarrola Nicolín (Ed.), Temas clave de la evaluación de la educación básica: Diálogos y debates [Key issues in the evaluation of basic education: Dialogues and debates]. (pp. 172-193). Mexico City, Mexico: Fondode Cultura Económica.

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Journal - Research Article

Bahar, M., & Asil, M. (2018). Attitude towards e-assessment: Influence of gender, computer usage and level of education. Open Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02680513.2018.1503529

Bahar, M., Uğur, H., & Asil, M. (2018). Social achievement goals and students' socio-economic status: Cross-cultural validation and gender invariance. Issues in Educational Research, 28(3), 511-529.

Ercikan, K., Asil, M., & Grover, R. (2018). Digital divide: A critical context for digitally based assessments. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 51. doi: 10.14507/epaa.26.3817

Bahar, M., Asil, M., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2018). Measurement invariance of the Student Personal Perception of Classroom Climate Scale (SPPCC) in the Turkish context. European Journal of Educational Research, 7(1), 113-120. doi: 10.12973/eu-jer.7.1.113

Asil, M. (2017). A school-based measure of culturally responsive practices. Frontiers in Education, 2, 17. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2017.00017

Rubie-Davies, C., Asil, M., & Teo, T. (2016). Assessing measurement invariance of the Student Personal Perception of Classroom Climate across different ethnic groups. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34(5), 442-460. doi: 10.1177/0734282915612689

Asil, M., & Brown, G. T. L. (2016). Comparing OECD PISA reading in English to other languages: Identifying potential sources of non-invariance. International Journal of Testing, 16, 71-93. doi: 10.1080/15305058.2015.1064431

Ercikan, K., Roth, W.-M., & Asil, M. (2015). Cautions about inferences from international assessments: The case of PISA 2009. Teachers College Record, 117(1), 010302.

Asil, M., Teo, T., & Noyes, J. (2014). Validation and measurement invariance of the Computer Attitude Measure for Young Students (CAMYS). Journal of Educational Computing Research, 51(1), 49-69. doi: 10.2190/EC.51.1.c

Asil, M., & Gelbal, S. (2012). PISA öğrenci anketinin kültürler arasi eşdeğerliği [Cross cultural equivalence of PISA student questionnaire]. Eğitim ve Bilim [Education & Science], 37(166), 236-249.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Asil, M., Gilmore, A., & Liau, A. K. (2019). Understanding students' sense of safety at school. Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Contemporary Research (APCCR). (pp. 14). Gordon, Australia: Asia Pacific Institute of Advance Research (APIAR). Retrieved from https://apiar.org.au

Asil, M., Liau, A. K., & Gilmore, A. (2018). Understanding students’ sense of belonging at school: A view from the national monitoring study of student achievement. Proceedings of the New Zealand for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. (pp. 44). Retrieved from http://www.nzareconference.org.nz

Ingram, N., Asil, M., & Berg, D. (2017). The impact of mathematics teaching efficacy on teachers' pedagogical practices. Proceedings of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference. (pp. 291). Retrieved from https://earli.org/earli-2017

Ercikan, K., Asil, M., & Grover, R. (2016). Digital divide: A critical context for digitally based assessments. Proceedings of the Future tests and Test Environments Conference. Retrieved from https://iml.edusci.umu.se/conferences/en/kadriye-ercikan-2/

Asil, M. (2016). A school-based measure of culturally responsive practices. Proceedings of the International Test Commission (ITC) Conference: Improving Policy and Practice: Opportunities and Challenges in an International Context. Retrieved from http://conferences.educ.ubc.ca/index.php/itc2016/itc2016/paper/view/456

Asil, M., & Brown, G. (2014). Comparing OECD PISA reading in English to other languages. In P. Elosua (Ed.), Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the International Test Commission: Global and Local Challenges for Best Practices in Assessment. (pp. 128). Leioa, Spain: Universidad del País Vasco. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Liau, A. K., Asil, M., & Gilmore, A. (2018, July). Attitudes to learning with digital technology: Examining gender, year level and school decile differences. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on The Future of Education (IConFEd), George Town, Malaysia.

Asil, M. (2016, November). Impact of attitudes and opportunities to learn on student academic achievement. 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.

Asil, M., & Smith, J. K. (2016, April). Is inequality inevitable? The impact of student and school SES on achievement for different ethnic groups. Verbal presentation at the 3rd Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment International Conference, Chicago, USA.

Asil, M., & Darr, C. (2015, November). What national monitoring can tell us about student and school characteristics associated with mathematics achievement. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference: Emancipation Through Education, Whakatāne, New Zealand.

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