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Moderation and the primary school context

Adams, Paul and Anderson, Jemima (2017) Moderation and the primary school context. Education 3-13. pp. 1-48. ISSN 0300-4279 (In Press)

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Abstract

This study presents an examination of the enactment of moderation in a Scottish primary school. The study investigated how an individual school made sense of moderation. Documentary evidence was gathered providing an in-depth understanding of both moderation and the wider context of the school. Audio recordings of three moderation meetings provided data on moderation enactment. Unstructured, semi-structured and focus group interviews captured the views of all participants involved in moderation. Moderation was viewed positively, understood as a social process enhancing collegiality and curriculum improvement. Finally, a typology for moderation is proposed.