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2018 Plenary Speakers
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Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture
Sponsored by Educational Testing Service

Pamela Moss
University of Michigan

Pamela Moss is a Professor of Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. Her work lies at the intersections of educational assessment, philosophy of social science, and interpretive or qualitative research methods. Her approach to the study of assessment engages the critical potential of dialogue across research discourses--educational measurement, hermeneutics and critical theory, and sociocultural studies--sometimes to complement, sometimes to challenge established theory and practice in assessment. Her current research agenda focuses on validity theory in educational assessment, assessment as a social practice, and approaches to methodological pluralism in research policy and practice. Sam Messick’s (1989) call for a “Singerian mode of inquiry”, where one method of inquiry is critically evaluated in terms another, provided an early inspiration for this multi-methodological agenda.

Moss is an elected member of the US National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was a member of the Joint Committee revising the 1999 AERA, APA, NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, of the US National Research Council's Committee on Assessment and Teacher Quality, and chair of AERA's Task Force on Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research in AERA Publications. She was co-founder (with Mark Wilson and Paul DeBoeck) of the journal, Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives. She recently completed a chapter on “Engaging Methodological Pluralism” (2016) with Ed Haertel, for AERA’s 5th Handbook of Research on Teaching.

Alan Davies Lecture
Sponsored by The British Council

Joseph Lo Bianco
University of Melbourne

Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He specialises in language policy studies, bilingualism and intercultural education and research and action on peace and conflict in multi-ethnic settings. Since 2012 he has directed a multi-country project on language policy and social cohesion in conflict affected settings in SE Asia for UNICEF and conducted large scale policy workshops for high level policy officials across Asia, under the auspices of UNESCO. He has an extensive list of publications with a strong recent focus on social cohesion, peace and conflict mitigation in multi-ethnic settings. As author of the Australian National Policy on Languages in 1987 he was entrusted with its initial implementation, under which he assisted Professor Tim McNamara to establish The Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, which began a long friendship and collaboration with Alan Davies, the founding Director of the Centre.

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