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Assessing diegetic life forms: Assessing graduate screen production output in nineteen Australian film schools

Petkovic, J. (2010) Assessing diegetic life forms: Assessing graduate screen production output in nineteen Australian film schools. In: Diegetic Life Forms II: Creative arts practice and new media scholarship, 3 - 5 September 2010, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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Assessing an image-based text is a complex task that requires multiple dimensions of judgment. This is because the production process itself consists of a complex circle of interdependent relationships that is almost life-like. Can this complex process be prescribed and measured or is it in the eye of the beholder? This paper presents the results of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded Priority research project Assessing Graduate Screen Production Output in Nineteen Australian Film Schools.

The aim of the project was to show that assessment of image-based creative works is as consistent as assessment conducted in traditional discipline areas. Thirty (30) screen 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 modeling 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. Is this distinction still valid in the psychometric Google universe?

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): National Academy of Screen and Sound
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Notes: Appears In: IM: Interactive Media Number 7 2011
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