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Page: 3327 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-614-2439-9
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain

TENSIONS BETWEEN SETTING-STANDARDS AND THE NEED TO RECRUIT: AN INVESTIGATION INTO STAKEHOLDERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF A MAJOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE-TESTING SYSTEM AS AN ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR UK HIGHER EDUCATION

D. Hyatt

University of Sheffield (UNITED KINGDOM)
This paper explores stakeholders’ perceptions of the role of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the admissions processes of UK higher education (HE) institutions. The paper discusses a project funded by the British Council/Cambridge ESOL/IDP:IELTS Australia, published in 2009. It draws on two pieces of empirical study: a large scale questionnaire survey of those responsible for admissions decisions in a range of HE institutions in the pre- and post-1992 sectors; and a smaller scale interview-based qualitative study of a subset of these participants.

The empirical data gathered offered insights into the processes of standards-setting in various contexts, highlighted tensions between standards-setting and a growing economic imperative to recruit, and identified a niche for development opportunities in raising stakeholders’ awareness of the content and process of IELTS to enhance the quality of decision-making in this area.

The study offered a number of recommendations for the designers/producers of IELTS, and for HE institutions, and also highlighted a number of directions for further complementary research.
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D. Hyatt (2010) TENSIONS BETWEEN SETTING-STANDARDS AND THE NEED TO RECRUIT: AN INVESTIGATION INTO STAKEHOLDERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF A MAJOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE-TESTING SYSTEM AS AN ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR UK HIGHER EDUCATION, ICERI2010 Proceedings, p. 3327.
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