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Research Profile

Prof Richard Daugherty 

School:Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Assessment and evaluation systems
  • Education policy
  • Devolution and education

Richard Daugherty has been an Honorary Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2006.  His early career publications were in geography education including, for example, Geography into the Twenty-First Century (Wiley 1996) co-edited with Eleanor Rawling.   His interest in assessment research dates back to experience as a chief examiner at GCE A level in the 1970s, research on the GCSE exam in the 1980s and involvement in national policies as a council member of the School Examinations and Assessment Council from 1988 to 1991.  He co-directed the official evaluation of the first three years of Key Stage 2 testing in England and Wales and published National Curriculum Assessment: a review of policy (Falmer) in 1996.    He also co-directed the Wales Curriculum Review project (1997-99).

The main focus of Richard’s publications in recent years has been on education policy, especially policies on the school curriculum and on student assessment.  With Gareth Rees and Robert Phillips he co-edited Education Policy-making in Wales (University of Wales Press 2000) and in 2007 he edited a special issue of the Welsh Journal of Education on education policy in Wales since devolution.  

Journal articles on education policy in Wales have included research on policy-making in the late 1980s (British Journal of Educational Studies, 2003) and reflections on ‘evidence-informed policy’ in the post-devolution era (Cambridge Journal of Education 2008).   He has also discussed the Assessment Reform Group’s experience of the interface between academic research and education policy (Research Papers in Education 2007).

In 2007 he led a seminar series on ‘Assessment of Significant Learning Outcomes’ (2007) funded by the ESRC’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme.