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Assessing graduate screen production outputs in nineteen Australian film schools

Petkovic, J., Berkley, L., Lang, I., Leahy, G., Oughton, N. and Wotherspoon, A. (2011) Assessing graduate screen production outputs in nineteen Australian film schools. Australian Learning and Teaching Council

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The project addresses the question: can the output of creative practices, such as screen production, be measured or is it in the eye of the beholder? The aim of the project was to accumulate a body of evidence to demonstrate that evaluation of creative works is as consistent as evaluation conducted in traditional discipline areas. Thirty production academics from 22 institutions were tested using the same sample of 45 short honours productions and a carefully selected set of 34 criteria. Creative works alone were assessed without any written components or exegeses. Rasch psychometric modelling was then used to test the internal consistency of the assessment data. The results confirmed the hypothesis that screen production assessors are consistent and methodical with very little overall difference between 25 Australian assessors and 5 UK assessors. There was also little difference in the assessments of objective and subjective criteria, which invites all kind of questions regarding the status of subjective and objective verification procedures within creative arts. The two conferences and a range of other events examined the nature of image-based scholarship, how to evaluate it, and how to arrange academic regulations to moderate the evaluation process.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): National Academy of Screen and Sound
Series Name: Final Report
Publisher: Australian Learning and Teaching Council
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