Professor David Carless

Managing dialogue around exemplars

This ‘Masterclass’ discusses the use of exemplars as a means of promoting student engagement with the nature of quality work. We examine the rationale for using exemplars; unpack and address some of the main implementation challenges; and develop a blueprint for principled use of exemplars. A focal point of the analysis is the management of effective dialogues about exemplars. ‘Delayed exposure to exemplars’ is also discussed whereby students carry out a task first, before analyzing related exemplars.


prof-david-carless-1David Carless is Professor of Educational Assessment and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His most recent sole-authored book is Excellence in University Assessment published by Routledge in 2015.

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